Lima, OH – The Barons baseball team enters the year very young, but also very enthusiastic as their group of 26 men have been coming in and working hard since the beginning of the New Year. Head Coach Rob Livchak had this to say about the 2009 Barons roster, “We have been given a nearly clean slate to work with, as our only returning players are (Brad) Comstock and (Mitchell) Schulze. However, this group has shown a great willingness to learn, and if that continues I think we can do some great things this season.”
The Barons schedule starts off on the road for their first 7 games as they will travel a little further south in search of warmer weather. First is a trip to Xenia, OH on March 14th, to play two games on the all field turf surface at the Athletes in Action Sports Complex Baseball Field. There the Barons will be taking on Southern State Community College and Clark State Community College.
The Barons will follow those two games with a trip to Williamsburg, KY. On the way to Williamsburg, they will stop in Hamilton, OH on March 23rd to play perennial ORCC power Miami Hamilton. Hamilton is the returning ORCC Regular Season Champion as well as the ORC State Tournament Champion. Following that will be a doubleheader with The University of the Cumberlands on March 24th and on March 26th in Williamsburg, KY. The University of the Cumberlands was ranked as high as the #6 NAIA Team in the nation in 2008.
Following their southern trip, the Barons will return home for their home opener, a doubleheader on March 29th versus UC Clermont. UC Clermont was the runner up in the 2008 ORC State Tournament.
Head Coach Livchak had this to say about the 2009 Barons schedule, “Coach Ambroza and I are very excited about the schedule that we have assembled for our men this season. We feel that if we continue to work hard at the fundamentals of the game of baseball that not only will these individuals improve, but also our win/loss record against top competition. The jury is still out!”