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Archers Off to Scintillating Start Before Running into Crowder

Jacob Walters

Jacob Walters

At the outset of the season, Archers new head baseball coach Scott Goodrich described his promotion to his current job as “something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Goodrich’s Archers recently returned from road trips to Mississippi and Louisiana, and enter the weekend at 10-1, winning seven straight games. However, they were shut out in four straight contests over the weekend at Crowder College, allowing 26 runs in the quartet of losses. Crowder spent much of last season as the top-ranked team in the nation.

Despite the lack of offensive productivity against Crowder, the Archers are batting .324 as a team, which was a sore spot for them a year ago.  The Archers are paced by a freshman class that includes outfielders Drew Kitson and Josh Stephens, who are batting .435 and .609, respectively. Providing an extra-base punch is freshman infielder Jacob Walters, who leads the Archers with four home runs and 15 RBI while batting .281 in 32 at-bats.

The Archers’ pitching staff is a veteran-laden group, led by sophomores Kurt McGuire and Matt Hassenbeck, who have each tallied a pair of wins through the season’s first few weeks. As a staff, the Archers have posted an ERA of 3.53.

The Archers return to action with a doubleheader March 18 at Wabash Valley Community College before playing a home doubleheader March 20 against Mineral Area College. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Heine Meine Field.