TJ Swore | Echo
The Crossroads League conference tournament begins play this week and the Taylor baseball team is preparing for postseason play.
The Trojans will host Indiana Wesleyan on May 3 at 7:00 P.M. In the regular season series with Indiana Wesleyan, the Trojans took one of the three meetings.
The season has been filled inconsistencies for the team this year as they struggled to sustain success in conference play. They finished with a 15-12 record during Crossroads games.
The team is fresh off a series sweep of Saint Francis over the past weekend and feeling good headed into the tournament. Junior pitcher and first baseman Andrew Kennedy talked about how the team is feeling.
"We've played well at times in the season but also have struggled a little at times," Kennedy said. "Heading into the tournament, however, regular season records do not matter anymore. We're all ready to compete at a high level and hopefully keep playing for a couple more weeks."
Kennedy said the key to their success comes from good pitching and defense. The Trojans have some solid batters who can bring the offensive firepower as well. He also mentioned that the team is going to compete with all they have moving forward.
The pressure of the season on the line can be a difficult obstacle to overcome. The Trojans seem to be ready for the challenge and excited for the opportunity to compete.
"Our expectation is to win," Kennedy said. "We have the talent to accomplish it, but we must compete at a high level every game if we want to win the tournament."
Junior pitcher Mitch Ubelhor also said that the team feels like their best baseball is yet to be played and they know they have a good shot to win the tournament.
"It has been an up and down season this year but we have stuck together and grown closer with each other" Said Ubelhor. "We need to continue to play the best baseball that we all know we are capable of."