Walnut Ridge, Ark. – The 2014 Williams Baptist College baseball team has the experience, depth and recruiting class to achieve success. The Eagles are looking to those ingredients to make the American Midwest Conference Tournament this year, for the first time in 12 years.
WBC returns the entire starting infield from last season, as well as a large part of its pitching staff, and the coaching staff believes they were able to fill in key holes in the roster with a highly regarded recruiting class.
"Our recruiting class this past year was one of our best, especially in our deficient areas," said Head Coach Frank Lee.
This year, the AMC's depth gives any team the opportunity to win the conference and propel into the National Tournament. "Last year we won a series againsta National Tournament participate; the opportunity is ours for the taking," continued Lee.
Lee will look to his experienced infield to seize the opportunity both offensively and defensively. He added, "Our experience should show this season. Some of the leaders on the field will be Jim Manney, Kendall Fay, Cogan Ford, Mitchell Dennis, Blake Coffman and transfer Michael Ludwig."
"Our leaders do a great job in leading by example, the junior and seniors were all recruited with the hope to reach the next level. I believe these guys are ready to meet our expectations as a team."
The AMC not only has depth, but also serves as home totraditional powerhouses in NAIA baseball. Missouri Baptist University leads the way, coming in at number four in the preseason top 25 poll. Freed-Hardeman University comes in at 25.
However, the Eagles are capable of stepping into national notoriety. "Last year we let too many close games get away. If we can find a way to win the close games, we will get the results we want," concluded Lee.
Williams will have plenty of opportunities to make statements this year, as there are several series the team is looking to avenge. Baseball opens up its season Saturday, February 1, against the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.