While local baseball coaches are doing their best to keep their respective teams focused on the remaining regular season games on the schedule, they’ve also got one eye looking toward the upcoming District Tournaments.
With a number of quality wins in recent weeks, the Pella Christian baseball team appears poised for a successful postseason – something Head Coach Brad Rolffs says may end up being attributed to the number of skilled pitchers his team has faced in the Little Hawkeye Conference.
“Usually everyone’s bringing their ace [pitcher] out for Districts, and we’re going to have consistently seen pitchers like that day-in and day-out in our conference. That gives us a big advantage because the guys aren’t being blown away pitch [pitches] a couple miles an hour harder than they’ve ever seen,” says Rolffs.
“Playing good competition all year helps us get stronger and helps us get better, and we’re getting to the point now where we can compete with most of those 3A and 4A teams, so we’ve set ourselves up pretty decent for Districts this year.”
The Eagles get to host the first two rounds of the Class 2A District Tournament – which begins on July 9th – and will face an opponent that will not have to travel far, as Pleasantville will travel across Marion County to the Tulip City.
Up first, though, Pella Christian will continue to tackle the regular season slate – starting with Oskaloosa at home on Monday.