DONALDSON — There is plenty of anticipation for the 2013 Ancilla baseball campaign.
The Chargers will open their season with a spring trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as they participate in The Ripken Experience, playing nine games March 12-16. The team hosts its first home game March 21 when Holy Cross makes a visit to Donaldson.
Ancilla has a strong returning sophomore class from last year’s 12-31, 6-20 Michigan Community College Athletic Association campaign.
Evan Muinzer, who led the conference in fielding percentage and batted .305 last year, returns with the Chargers, as does co-captain Lohan Hug, who anchored second base last season for the Chargers and brings a hard-nosed attitude and work ethic to the team.
The number one pitcher on the staff, Zac Miller, will be leaned on after earning victories last year against the top two teams in the conference.
“The commitment these young men make at Ancilla College as student-athletes is one of excellence,” said Chargers head coach Joe Yonto of his group. “Through their attitude, enthusiasm, hard work and loyalty, they strive to achieve many goals. Efforts in the classroom, in community service and on the playing field are done with class and great pride.”
Along with the veteran experience there is also a deeply talented freshmen class, which includes several local products.
Plymouth grad Chase Peters and South Bend native Sid Leda are joined by Keegen Key and Tyler Rhodes of Walton and Charleston, respectively, and Louisville, Kentucky import Jalon Linville looks to add to the mix as well.
“I am proud of these young men in how they have grown together as a unit,” said Yonto. “There are many building blocks that come about in a team throughout the year. The team has matured and formed a strong bond with one another. The quality of the individuals is outstanding and each represents Ancilla College positively. The Ancilla Chargers baseball team prides itself on total team effort.”