BASEBALL ON TOP AFTER FIRST CONFERENCE GAMES

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Conference play for Augustana  baseball started last weekend against Northern State. The Vikings won three of their four games against the Wolves and moved to an 11-7 record on the season.

According to head coach Tim Huber, the team’s goal is playing complete games and getting big hits, as well as playing solidly in the field.

“We just want our guys to go out and compete every game,” Huber said. “We always talk about getting better every day, and if we can do that we will be where we want at the end of the year.”

Junior Colton Fast, a pitcher for the Vikings, believes the team’s experience will help them achieve these high expectations.

“We have an older team this year; we have lots of seniors, especially pitchers. I think we’ll be alright,” Fast said.

Huber agreed.

“We have a very experienced team both on the mound and in the field,” he said. “We hope our seniors can step up and are capable of leading us.”

The team is working on the “little things” at practice, according to Fast, including strong batting and fielding.

“We have good hitting and pitching this year,” Fast said. “We’ve got a good team, and I think we’ve got a good chance to make it to regionals.”

However, assistant coach Bryan Nikkel said the team cannot get ahead of itself.

“We really need to take it one game at a time and take care of business each and every day,” he said.

The Vikings will take on teams from Winona State, Minnesota Crookston, Bemidji State and Minnesota State at Karras Park.

“I foresee our series at home versus Minnesota State Mankato as being very important for us,” Huber said. “They have been the team to beat every year.”

Beyond wins and losses, the coaches also look for more intangible improvements.

“The best part of my job is seeing our guys ‘get it’ and take the things we work on and become successful,” Huber said.

Nikkel agreed.

“For me, the most rewarding part is seeing the guys grow as young men and as baseball players,” he said.

The Vikings take on the Winona State Warriors in a double header tomorrow at Ronken Field starting at 2:00pm. For more information check out goaugie.com.