Baseball team falls to Xavier in first home game of the season

The baseball team lost to Cedar Rapids Xavier 12-3 in their first home game post-Coronavirus restrictions on June 18.

Camille Gretter, Online Editor-In-Chief

The boys’ baseball team has been back at practice since June 1, and finally had their first home game on June 18. However, the game didn’t go exactly as planned as Xavier’s lead grew throughout the game.

By the end of the fifth inning, Xavier already had three runs under their belt, whereas the Trojans were falling behind and not getting any runs until the sixth inning. However, many efforts were made throughout the game from third-baseman Will Hoeft ‘20 who hit a single in the second and fourth inning, and a double in the sixth. 

The Trojans put up a strong fight against the Xavier Saints, and managed to get three runs in the sixth inning from Ben Vander Leest ‘20, Marcus Morgan ‘21, and Ian McAreavy ‘21. 

Although this was a disappointing return to the season, players are learning from the experience. 

“I’d say definitely just have to push through the hard times because you never know, maybe you will break it open and get a good comeback,” Vander Leest said.

Another issue the team has to face is losing many players from last year’s team.

“It’s all new guys and they have to figure this out, so [they] have to get used to the competition, and get used to the environment,” Coach Charlie Stumpff said.

Stumpff’s squad will be back in action next Tuesday in a doubleheader against crosstown rival Liberty.