Story By: Dalton Bishop
The Mississinewa Indian Baseball team is 13 games into the season and they stand and 10-3 overall and 3-0 in the CIC Conference. Junior Cade Mccoin leads the way for the Indians in the Home run column with 4 , Garrison Smith with 3, Timothy Nemes and Nolan Young with 2 a piece. Noah Harris and Lucas Richards each have 1 home run and both of them being grand slams. Cade Mccoin leads the way in the batting average column as well batting 432, Nolan Young is 2nd with a 417 average. As a team the Indians bats are RED HOT, batting 305. Leading the way on the mound for the Indians is Senior Garrison Smith, Smith has 3 wins and .61 ERA to go along with 25 strikeouts , Senior Gage Gallion has 2 wins with 3.35 ERA to go along with 24 Strikeouts. Both Smith and Gallion have pitched 23 innings a piece this season. Cade Mccoin has 13 strikeouts this season and Nolan Young has 12. Cade Mccoin leads the way on the base pads with 16 stolen bases and Nolan Young with 13. Noah Harris and Cade Mccoin lead the way in the RBI Column with 14 each. Lucas Richards has 12RBI’s and Nolan Young with 9.
Young, Smith, and Harris sign to Play college Baseball!
When chatting with high school baseball coaches throughout the county, state, and the country they say it is very rare that you have a baseball team with 3 college commits. For the Mississinewa Indians that rarity is starting to become normal, with already 3 seniors signing to play college baseball, head coach Mike Scott believes that their may be a potential 2 to 3 more players to sign as well. When asking Nolan Young what he thought about this 2017 season he added “We are already a lot better then last year, we won 7 total games in 2016 and we have bettered that by 3 already this season with 12-14 games remaining”. When asked about committing to play college baseball Young said, “I have personal expectations for myself that I want to play to during the games, but also my coaches and teammates have expectations for me throughout specific situations during the game”. “Moving forward the rest of the season we have high expectations as a team” Young said. “Not only do we want to win the Grant 4, but we also want to be sectional champions because we all know we have a legitimate chance this year. I also had the chance to catch up with Garrison Smith and Noah Harris about this season. “We have gotten better as the season has progressed, we have had a couple of losses that we shouldn’t have lossed but we have learned from our mistakes” Harris added. “I personally don’t think we have reached our peak”. “As a Senior you have that “Certain expectation” and with signing to play college baseball you feel like you have to be even more of a leader”. “We feel like we have a really good shot in sectionals, we want to keep the traveling trophy (plate) and win Grant 4” Harris said. When asking Smith his opinion on the 2017 season he added “we are ten times better then last year in every way you look at it, our team chemistry is overall better then last season and we hit the heck out of the baseball”. When asking him about the college commit Smith said “you as a player have high expectations for yourself and so do your coaches, it is very rare that you find a team with 3 commits”. “We want to win the conference and become sectional champions”!
Back in action
The Indians are scheduled to be back in action Monday May 8th at 5pm at Marion.