Baseball fans should make every attempt possible to get to Gallatin, TN for this weekend's matchups as the games will be played at a very high level. Vol State (7-1) will welcome the Parkland College Cobras from Champaign, IL (NJCAA Division II) and Schoolcraft College from Livonia, MI (NJCAA Division III) for a weekend series. Parkland College comes to town boasting a (2-0) record and is nationally ranked 7th in the NJCAA Division II rankings. The Pioneers are off to a hot start, but the competition will only get tougher from here on out. Vol State will put up their 7 game win streak vs the nationally ranked Cobras in a double header starting at 12:00 pm Friday. Saturday will feature Parkland vs Vol State at 11:00 am and then Vol State vs Schoolcraft at 2:00 pm.
James Hatcher will also take the hill Friday, the sophomore lefty is coming off 2 very strong outings. When asked if his mindset or approach may vary for this start he responded, "My mindset for Fridays start will be to attack the strike zone and keep the ball low. My mindset won't change due to who we play, I always take the same approach when I step on the mound."
Coach Hunt also added, "We need to work on being more consistent offensively, but overall we are playing well. We just have to keep it going, keep competing. With Parkland this weekend and conference starting next weekend things are going to start to get tougher. We need to be a mature ball club in how we respond to adversity."