Hassell brings ‘one pitch at a time’ mentality to baseball
Derek Hassell, in his first year as head coach for the Carroll University baseball team, is looking to bring a new mentality to the team.
“Our philosophy for this year is take it one pitch, one practice at a time,” he said.
His team has been practicing since early February and is finally gearing up for their first game of the season.
While Hassel is mostly comfortable with the team, he did have one concern.
“It’s tough to see how our outfielders are,” he said. “It’s tough to see how they can catch the ball indoors.”
Because of snow and otherwise poor weather has mostly prevent the team from practicing outside, making it difficult to utilize flyballs.
Coupled with the injury to projected starter Nick Sobrilsky, the lack of outfield practice could put Carroll off to a slow start.
A few other injuries have also hit the Pioneer squad, but two players are notably healthy.
Jason Pattengale injured his ankle early in the 2010 Fort Meyers trip and was forced to miss a significant part of the season.
“[Pattengale is] probably our best strike thrower on the team,” Hassell said. “We’re excited to have him healthy.”
Drew Volkmann also suffered an injury that kept him limited in games, specifically his pitching.
“I have [Volkmann] slated to go probably our first or second game,”
With both players feeling healthy and ready to throw, the Pioneer pitching staff could be a force to be reckoned with in the Midwest Conference.
“They’re two guys that they couldn’t really rely on last year that we can rely on this year,” said Hassell.
The pitching staff will get their first chance against Augustana College March 20 in Fort Myers, Fla.
After the eight-game trip to Florida, the Pioneers will take on Dominican University before hosting their first game of 2011 against Cornell College.
The Midwest Conference opener against Ripon College is scheduled April 7. Carroll will host Ripon two days later.
Carroll will also play a game against Division I UW-Milwaukee April 12 in Milwaukee. They will also play Division II UW-Parkside May 4.
The Midwest Conference Tournament is scheduled for May 14 and 15.