Weekly Leaflet: GC Track Heads To Taylor; Diamond Sports Jockey For Playoff Spots
GOSHEN, Ind. — The full Goshen College track and field teams hit the track this weekend for the Indiana Little State Meet at Taylor University in Upland. The statewide meet will mark the first of Goshen's two trips to Upland this season as Turner Stadium will host the Crossroads League meet on May 5 and 6. Entering the weekend, a pair of Maple Leafs (Ryan Smith and Sawyer Biddle) have already qualified for the NAIA national meet.
The Maple Leaf softball teams return to the John Ingold Athletic Complex after going more than two weeks without a home game and covering some 1,300 miles by bus. Goshen hosts six of its final 10 games and enters the week one game out of the final Crossroads League tournament position, trailing Mount Vernon Nazarene although the two teams are level in the loss column.
On a slightly larger diamond, Goshen can seal its winningest season of the millennium this week with five victories: GC's previous best since 2000 is the 24-20 mark turned in by coach Brent Hoober's 2004 team. The 2017 Maple Leafs enter the week 20-21-1; they play three home games to start the week, including a doubleheader with Lourdes on Monday, before traveling to Grace this weekend. Goshen holds a 91-78-1 lead in the head-to-head series with the Lancers, which dates back to 1960.
RENEWABLE POWER: Goshen's 23 runs in the final game of the Indiana Wesleyan series marked the most the baseball team has ever scored in a game against a conference and NAIA opponent. The previous best was 21 at Grace in 2009. CLICK HERE for full baseball notes.
PLEADING THE FIFTH ... OR THE FOURTH: The fifth inning has been Goshen softball's most successful frame at keeping its opponent off the scoreboard so far this season, with GC surrendering 12 runs in 28 defensive fifth innings. The Maple Leafs have scored 14 runs in both the third and fourth innings, making them the two highest-scoring innings. CLICK HERE for full softball notes.
MAPLE LEAF ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Sophomore baseball catcher Clinton Stroble II also doubled as a baseball hitter last week, with 12 total hits and six extra-base knocks in his team's five games. Stroble hit four home runs and drove in nine runs while batting .522. Click HERE for more on the Springer Design Maple Leaf Athlete of the Week.