Baseball: New season, same goal

By Anthony Carrillo

The Bronco baseball team is focused on not only returning to the World Series, but coming home with the hardware this time around.

Last year, the Broncos racked up an impressive record of 42-19.

With that came the title of West Region champions, but the team fell just a few games short of being World Series champions.

With the expectations set high, head coach Randy Betten believes his team will be able to handle it.

“We have a lot of returners returning from last year” Expectations are to play good quality baseball day in, day out,” said Betten.

One of the developing pitchers is senior transfer student Henry Omana.

Omana is eager to get this season going and be a part of a special team.

“I’m excited to be a part of a team that is ready to win. I’m ready to win,” said Omana.

Omana put on a strong performance during the team’s exhibition game as he stacked a few strikeouts and gave up no runs.

With the team losing some key pitchers, you can expect to see Omana on the bump plenty of times this season.

He is not alone on the pitching staff, alongside Jeff Bain and Kyle Dohy. The pitching rotation is looking poised to down the opposing offense.

With high hopes, you can expect more of the same from senior third baseman Jason Padlo. Padlo received high praise from Betten.

“He had an incredible year last year, I’m expecting the same from him this year,” said Betten.

Padlo put together an impressive stat line as a junior hitting well above 300 as the lead-off hitter.

This is Padlo’s final year on the team and he is raring to go.

“The goal is to win the World Series this time, not just go back and get third,” said Padlo.

The only way to win is to score and this team is in good hands with not only Padlo, but with big batters behind him such as Daniel Pitts and Nick Hernandez.

The mood in the dugout is loose but focused, which is textbook for any strong baseball team.

This team is geared up to extend this season into the World Series and would not surprise anyone if they came away with a ring.

The Broncos will start the season with a home opener against UC Colorado Springs at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

The Broncos were tanked No. 3 in the NCBWA West Region Preseason Poll

Courtesy of Bronco Athletics

The Broncos were tanked No. 3 in the NCBWA West Region Preseason Poll

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