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THE GLACIER APRIL 25, 2014 VOLUME 47, ISSUE 15

BASEBALL | from page 12 The Cyclones are hampered with a small roster. Farmer only has one backup outfielder and has been using pitchers as back up infielders all season. The name of the game is “small ball”. The Cyclones have been aggressive on the base paths all season long and have sacrificed a lot of at bats to get runners over. “We’re outmatched every time we step on the field, especially in conference,” said Farmer. “We have to do the small things right. When we do that and know our identity, we can run with anybody.” As a team the Cyclones are near the bottom in nearly every batting statistic in the NJCAA Division II. The Cyclones own a miserable team batting average of .225 with an OBP of .339 and 65 runs scored in 23 games. The thin pitching staff also has struggled with an ERA of 6.42. Opponents have feasted on the Cyclones pitchers as they own a .349 batting average against the Cyclones. The one thing statistically the Cyclones have excelled in is base running. They’ve swiped 18 bags with a 78% success rate. Starting catcher Ryan “Bubba” Gyrion believes his team is better

Freshman first baseman Ryan Kull prepares to catch the ball thrown by his teammate against Morton College on April 8. [Erica Sinnott] than the team’s statistics and record indicate. “This team is dangerous,” insistedGyrion. “We can play with anybody and we’re looking to make noise in the region. Our record doesn’t show how hard we work day in and day out,

(the record) shows that we don’t have any real depth in our line up. We’re competitive in every game and have battled from the first pitch of the year until now.” Gyrion has been the cleanup hitter behind Sheamus Brennen, Michael

Rankin and Bobby Neylon, and has been the offensive catalyst for Farmer all year. Despite a mid-season slump Gyrion has been swinging a hot stick of late pointing to a bright future in baseball after Moraine Valley. “I’ve changed my approach after I realized I was trying to do too much,” explained Gyrion. “I was trying to hit a home run every swing. Now I’m trying to just hit the ball hard. If I’m going to make an out, it’s going to be a loud out.” Gyrion has received numerous calls from other colleges, but intends to attend some workouts that our lined up for him with some Independent leagues, as well as some Major League tryouts. With four out of their last six games coming against feeble opponents, the Cyclones have a great opportunity to work out some kinks with their pitching staff and add a few more tallies to their win column. Game one of the Region IV Playoffs is just under two weeks away. The Cyclones need to continue their aggressive style of play and start to capitalize with their small ball play at the plate. Sean McDermott can be contacted at sports@mvccglacier.com.

ATHLETES OF THE ISSUE Arianna “Ari” Bulthius

Ryan “Bubba” Gyrion

First baseman / Pitcher Women’s softball

Catcher Baseball

By Sean McDermott Sports Editor

Arianna “Ari” Bulthius is a first baseman/pitcher on the Moraine Valley softball team. The Mother McAuley alum has had a fantastic campaign thus far. Bulthuis has been the best hitter on the Cyclones owning a .400 batting average with four doubles, one home run while knocking in 25 RBIs and scoring 25 runs. Bulthius’ best overall game came on April 13 against Joliet Junior College. Bulthius pitched five strong innings recording the win in the 9-1 rout. She also went 1-for-2 at the plate with two RBIs.

Ryan “Bubba” Gyrion is the starting catcher on the Moraine Valley baseball team. Gyrion is in his first year under coach Cole Farmer as a sophomore. Brought in towards the beginning of the season, Gyrion has been the unsung captain of the squad. Gyrion has brought his aggressive play and knowledge to the Cyclones and has become a teacher for the first-year players. One of Gyrion’s best games came in a 14-1 loss to Harper College. Gyrion hit a double and triple in the rout. Gyrion needs to continue his aggressive play if the Cyclones want to make some noise in the upcoming Region IV Playoffs. Sean McDermott can be contacted at sports@mvccglacier.com.

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