Great Bend, KS- Laker baseball is gearing up for a non-conference series in Great Bend, Kansas against the Cougars from Barton Community College. Iowa Lakes is 4-4 on the year, while Barton is 15-3 on the year.
The Lakers will go into the weekend series posting a batting average of .261, 21 extra base hits, 27 stolen bases, and 41 RBI's in 8 games. The pitching staff for the Lakers holds an ERA of 3.34 in those eight games while striking out 56 and allowing 49 hits through 56.2 innings. The Lakers have had some key starts from all 4 of the starters Drew Grubb, Mitch Sparks, Marcel d'Avoine, and Martin Eckard the past two weekends combining for 41.2 innings, 12 earned runs, 37 strikeouts, and posting a 2.62 ERA average. Key hitters for the Lakers include Mikey Adams, Bryce Rogokos, and Marcus Wohl. All three of the hitters have a .400 batting average or better after their first two weekend series. All three are threats on the bases with their speed combining together for stealing 11 bags. Rogokos has seven stolen bases himself. They each have a combined 12 RBI's of the team's 41, helping them their team rally together to put up runs.
Barton will be coming into the weekend posting batting average of .329, 53 extra base hits, 42 stolen bases, and 110 RBI's in 18 games. Michael Sinks and Corrigan Bartlett lead Barton's offense this season. Sinks is hitting .508 with 31 hits and 7 stolen bases while Bartlett is hitting .467 with 17 RBI's and 28 hits. The Cougars pitching staff led by Garrett Rogers and Jarrett Seaton throwing 38.1 innings, striking out 33, and posting an ERA of 4.48.
Iowa Lakes heads down to Great Bend on Saturday before opening up the series at Lawson-Biggs Field on Sunday at 1 pm.