After difficult start, Storm baseball is on a roll

Matt Hagemeier, Sports Reporter

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The SCC baseball team is starting to live up to it’s lofty preseason expectations.

Southeast was nationally ranked to start the season, but a trip down to Oklahoma brought some hard knocks.

SCC dropped six of their first seven games while playing Northern Oklahoma College-Enid and Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa in February.

Associate Head Coach Tyson Parks says the early season adversity will ultimately make the Storm a tougher team down the stretch.

“We always feel that heading south early prepares us for what we are going to face later on,” Parks explained.  “When you play good teams – especially early – those games make your team better.”

The Storm has won 10 in a row since the trip to Oklahoma, and it is coming off a series sweep of Northeast Community College on Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10, at Christianson Field.

Southeast won the four games by scores of 3-2, 13-11, 7-2 and 18-11.

In Game four, Ross Lowe blasted a grand slam in a five run fifth inning, ending the game with seven RBI’s.

Utility Infielder Trevor Jurjevich saw his first action of the season on the mound and responded with two scoreless innings and getting credit for the win.

Parks says the team’s pitching staff is “excelling” right now.

“A ton of credit to our staff for their efforts,”  Parks said. “I think against Northeast CC, our staff struck out 41 batters, and only walked 10.  We really limited free bases, and that is key for any team.”

And with a combined 42 runs through the Northeast series, Parks feels good about the SCC batters.

“Our kids up and down the lineup are starting to grind out at bats and compete harder, especially with two strikes,” Parks said.

Southeast is now 11-6 on the season and travels to Cloud County on Tuesday, Mar. 13.

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