By Brodee Gillam
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.
Huard installed a leadership committee that, Huard said, has been great for team morale.
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."
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.