by Lucas Bandstra
The PC baseball team’s season came to end earlier this summer with a 4-1 loss to Centerville in the District Final. Prior to the game, the Eagles had a strong seven game win streak, including wins against Albia (5-0) and Davis County (7-6) in the playoffs.
With a 19-16 record overall, and finishing 4th in the Little Hawkeye Conference, the team had a lot to celebrate. “We had some great games. Beating Davis Country was probably one of my favorite games last season,” said junior Lawson Bruxvoort.
There were other victories to celebrate as well. “Sweeping Osky was pretty awesome too,” added junior Will Dembski. Dembski earned the honors of 2nd team all state this past year, and hit 7 home runs while playing in an Eagle uniform.
Coach Jeff Bruxvoort was very pleased with his team’s effort this past season as well. “The guys had to deal with quite a few issues during the season with arm problems and illness. Many guys had to step up and play different positions, pitch more than expected or get moved around in the lineup. I am really proud of how the team stuck together through adversity,” said Bruxvoort.
At the end of the season, the team graduated seven seniors. “Our seniors led the squad during some tough times and fought hard until the very end of their career. They will be missed,” said Bruxvoort. Returning starters include current senior Kade Vander Molen, juniors Will Dembski, Lawson Bruxvoort, Cole Webster, and sophomore Devin Haveman. With these boys returning, the Eagles eagerly await the 2018 season.
“I’m really proud of how the guys played this past year and enjoyed my first year of coaching. I’m also really excited for the coming year to coach the team again and to see what the guys can bring in 2018,” said Bruxvoort.