Harrisonville rides roller coaster baseball season

Special to the Democrat MissourianMay 2, 2014 

It has been a season of streaks, winning, and losing for the Harrisonville Wildcat baseball team.

As of April 29, seven games remained and the Wildcats had a record of 3-2 in the Missouri River Valley Conference West and 12-7 overall. Not bad for a team that owns a seven game winning streak followed by a five game losing streak.

Despite the up and down nature of this season, the Wildcats are relaxed and confident about where they have been and where they are headed. Good team leadership and experience have helped them weather the roller coaster season.

“On a daily basis, somebody different seems to step up,” Harrisonville coach Joe Rohlfing said. “Some of the seniors are good at assuming leadership roles. Kyle Hicks, Kenny Baker, Ben Teter, Landon Hern, Jake Cooper are just a few of the guys that make a difference. It’s good to see growth and development in the program.”

Hern agreed. “I think it’s just baseball. You’re going to win some games, and you’ll lose some,” Hern said. “You just have to keep coming to practice and work and trust the process.”

Like a secret handshake, neither the players nor coaches wanted to divulge “the process.”

“There are always things we can improve on and we are always looking to do that,” Rohlfing said. “We just continue to work hard and see what we can do.”

Hern put it another way, “It means everyday coming to practice, trusting Coach Rohlfing, and knowing what he has us do in practice will work for us in game situations.”

On a rainy April 29, that meant practicing in the gym.

Harrisonville finishes the season against district opponents Clinton and Warrensburg and five conference games. Should the Wildcats resume their winning formula, a conference title is well within reach.

MRVC West Conference Standings

Excelsior Springs 3-1

Oak Grove 4-2

Odessa 4-2

Harrisonville 3-2

Grain Valley 2-2

Pleasant Hill 0-5

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