Goshen baseball itching to get season started

Published 10:29 pm Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Goshen head coach Robby Kinsaul had January 6 circled on his calendar for several weeks. He was ready to get to work on the 2014 baseball season, and to begin preparation for the season opener.

But Mother Nature had other ideas.

The recent run of cold weather forced Goshen administrators to cancel all outdoor activities, meaning no baseball practice until it warmed up.

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While he would’ve loved to been on the diamond, Kinsaul understands and accepts not being out there.

“We are going to get off to a little bit of a late start, but I agree with the decision,” said Kinsaul. “With the weather being such an extreme cold, it is best for us to wait a little while before we get out there. Muscles tighten up when it is colder and we do not want to have an injury before the year gets started.”

When the Eagles do get on the field for the first time later this week, they won’t be able to grab a bat. The AHSAA mandates a three-week period at the start as a throwing only.

Kinsaul and the Eagles will work fundamentals for that time.

“It gives us a chance to work on little things,” Kinsaul said. “Things like turning double plays, hitting cut off men and staying low and in front of ground balls. We can work fundamentals now, and be more ready to go when batting practice comes.”

Goshen opens the season February 20 against Highland Home.