The Albion College baseball team didn't get bogged down in evaluating talent this fall despite attracting the largest fall roster ever.
Head Coach Scott Carden maintains his program has always been about competition and, because of that, the Britons got better along the way.
"Guys understand they need to be better than the day before, that the status quo is not OK," Carden said. "We wanted the competition to be as high as possible and it forced the guys to improve. We had some young guys prove they can be on the field on a daily basis.
"We laid a good foundation (in the fall)," Carden added. "The commitment level has gotten better."
Led by senior first baseman/pitcher Jack Wyman, junior shortstop Joe Turnbull and sophomore catcher Jordyn Finney, the Britons erupted for nine extra base hits – seven doubles and two homeruns – in 16 innings of a scrimmage against Division II Hillsdale College.
"We proved we can swing the bats last year and it only improved in the offseason," Carden said of the squad that finished the 2017 season with 86 doubles and 17 homeruns.
"The defense was what we expected," Carden added. "It was solid and we made some nice plays along the way.
"We got good outings from some of our pitchers and expect our pitching staff to compete all year," he concluded.
Albion will begin its winter training for the 2018 season in January. The season begins March 2 with the traditional three-game series with Franklin, Ind., University as the Britons head south for a week of games during spring break.
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