Bad weather plagues baseball tournament

Keith Robertson

The Missouri Southern baseball team is still competing with the weather along with its on-field opponents.

Despite the inclement weather the Lions have been faced with, they have played whenever they get the opportunity.

“I couldn’t be any happier than I already am with the way the team has played,” Turner said.

The Lions are hovering around Turner’s target .500 record with a 5-6 mark at this early point in the season.

“As long as we stay right at .500 I’ll be as happy as a man with a new shiny penny,” Turner said.

On March 2, the Lions split a doubleheader with Grand Valley State.

On March 3, the Lions again split a pair. Southern beat South Dakota State University, 8-2.

The Lions then dropped another to Grand Valley State by the score of 8-5. The loss came despite strong offensive performances from junior third baseman Jake Lawver who went one for three with two runs batted in

“Our pitching is still the strong point of our team and they are expected to continue the good job they’re doing right now,” Turner said. “

When the weather keeps the Lions off the field, they still remain busy hitting in the batting cages and throwing in the bullpen.

“We’re doing everything we can to stay sharp while the weather is the way it is,” said freshman first baseman Josh Sharp. “The most important thing for us to do right now is to keep a positive mental outlook, stay relaxed, and keep our heads in the game when we do get the chance to play.”

The Lions are scheduled to play Grand View College at 10 a.m Sunday, during the Mutt Miller Classic in Joplin.