New baseball coach looks to change culture

New baseball coach looks to change culture

By Brodee Gillam

Sports Editor

 

After making the postseason for the first time in 15 years last season, and with new LCC Baseball Head Coach Drew Huard aboard, the Stars are trending upwards.

 

Huard had been an assistant coach at Davenport College and Grand Ledge High School before being hired by LCC last fall.

 

Sophomores returning from last year's LCC postseason run include pitchers Andrew Brighton and Josh Bobel, and catcher Carson Eby.

 

Huard installed a leadership committee that, Huard said, has been great for team morale.

 

It is led by the five team captains: sophomores Alex Huard, Garrett Hammer and Blake Dahlstrom; and freshmen Jacob Songer and Hunter Ruhstorfer. The captains were determined by vote of the players.

 

Huard said the freshman class can contribute throughout the year and looks to be a strong class, though he named a few hitting standouts.

 

"Players that popped out from our fall practices and our winter practices (are) Hunter Ruhstorfer," the coach said. "He really solidified himself as someone who can contribute right away. Brendan Baker, in the infield and as a bullpen pitcher, will most likely see a lot of time."

 

Coach Huard said the pitching side is still working itself out, but Logan Mlujeak and Sam Davison are looking great for the Stars.

 

Huard said the Stars goals are very simple: play together and play the right way.

 

"We're really trying hard to change the perception of what LCC baseball is around the community," Huard said. "That's one thing that is very important to us … (along with) making Westside Park one of the best fields in the conference. We're trying to change the identity of what LCC baseball is.

 

"We want it to be a place where, specifically, Lansing kids look at it as a very strong to go play baseball and continue their baseball careers."

 

The Stars traveled south for spring break games starting March 5. The first home game is Friday, March 24 against Delta College starting at 2 p.m.