TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Washburn University baseball team started practicing on Jan. 10. This year’s team is hopeful that they will be able to complete a complete game plan, unlike 2020 when the season was cut short due to COVID-19.
“I think last year was a shock to everyone. We hoped since baseball was an outdoor sport, things would have been different, but it did not happen, ”said Washburn University baseball coach Harley Douglas. “This year we feel comfortable with how things are going.”
Coach Douglas said the team is very experienced with 12 seniors on the team. He also boasted of first-year student and Hayden High School product Andrew Schmidtlein.
“By far the best hitter of the fall,” Douglas said. “Being able to come in as a freshman and show that kind of skill is a testament to him and his competition at Hayden.”
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the baseball season 2021 was shortened to 40 games from the usual 50 games. The first home game for the Ichabods is set for 2 p.m. on March 5 against Missouri Southern University at Falley Field.
“It’s been a whole year since we played baseball,” Douglas said. “We look forward to wearing the Washburn uniform and going out and playing and having that Washburn pride.”