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Trailblazers Start League Play 2-2

Article by: Pete Hayes,

GODFREY — L&C Baseball Coach Randy Martz knows a JUCO baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint.

And he’s glad of it.

“We had kind of a rough start, for sure,” Martz said. “But since our (Florida) trip, we’re 2-3 overall and we’re 2-2 in the conference.”

It’s conference play that will dominate the Trailblazers’ schedule the rest of the spring. Sitting at 3-12, they were 1-8 after a spring trip to Northwest Florida College.

Since returning from Florida, L&C has gone 2-4. The Trailblazers split a pair of Mid-West Athletic Conference doubleheaders with Spoon River College last weekend.

With a lineup dominated by freshmen, Martz figured his team could take its lumps early. But he said he hopes the tough love will result in a change in fortune as the season progresses.

“We’re so young,” Martz said, “it takes time for hitters to adjust. It’s a different game.”

Last Friday, the Trailblazers dropped a 5-4 decision to Spoon River, but came back Saturday to win 13-2. Sunday, Spoon River won the first game 6-3 in Godfrey, but the Blazers came back for a 10-0 short-game shutout victory in the nightcap.

“We’re all over the map with scores,” Martz said. “That’s junior college baseball, especially with a team as young as ours.

“But I think we’re settling in and starting to get some good efforts.”

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