Ranger baseball hitting its stride


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Sophomore pitcher Nate Stolte pitching against the Lewis Flyer

BRADY RUSSELL | russe032@rangers.uwp.edu

After an abysmal 12-31 season last year this driven Ranger baseball team has show signs of incredible success, perseverance, and leadership.  

Rough patch overcome with win streak

The Rangers are riding a 6-2 record over their last eight games including a series win over number 19 ranked nationally and Great Lakes Valley Conference(GLVC) rival St. Joseph’s College. However before this streak that saw the Rangers get to 12-10 on the year, they had to struggle through some tough losses.

After starting the season 5-3 the Rangers walked into games against Maryville, Grand Valley State, and Cedarville Universities, they walked out with a 1-5 record and dropped the team to 6-8 overall on the year. They had tough losses to Maryville 2-3 and a 6-8 loss to Cedarville during this streak. However, with the start of GLVC play, the Rangers have rattled off six of eight wins and three win a row.

Rangers Claim Several Honors

Over the last six weeks of the season, several Ranger players have received GLVC honors for their performances. Max Widmar the Junior from Racine received the GLVC pitcher of the week award after pitching six innings and only giving up one hit, which allowed the Rangers to come back from down 5-0 to get close to a win, but lost overall 6-5 to Truman State.

Sophomore Nate Stolte also won GLVC Pitcher of the Week for last week’s performance, where he pitched a complete seven inning game against #19 St. Joseph’s and better yet, he did it only using 82 pitches and helped secure a 5-0 win for the Rangers.

Senior Kyohei Makita won the Rangers only GLVC Baseball Player of the Week award after starting the season out with a .438 batting average, 3 home runs, and 5 RBI’s all while recording a hit in each of the first four games.

Upcoming Games

Rangers will now get ready play two road series against GLVC teams Southern Indiana, and Indianapolis. The Rangers will play the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles who are 12-14 on the year and 5-3 in conference play. They start play on April 8 and will play four games over two days. Just five days after that on April 14, the Rangers will play a series against the Greyhounds of Indianapolis who are 20-9 and 5-3 in GLVC play.

PHOTO COURTESY OF UW-PARKSIDE ATHELTICS

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