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Sinclair CC Men's Baseball 2015 Season Preview

Sinclair CC Men's Baseball 2015 Season Preview

DAYTON, Ohio- Sinclair Community College Head Coach, Steve Dintaman, has announced the schedule for the 2015 season, which will be his 8th season at the helm of the Tartan Pride. “As always, I’m very excited about our schedule for the upcoming season,” said Dintaman. “We have once again scheduled some tough non-conference games, and we’ll play six regional opponents before conference play begins. Our goals remain the same: win the conference and win the regional. The regional champion receives an automatic berth to the World Series and that’s where we want to be.”

Last season Sinclair finished 46-11, setting a school record for wins, and also winning their 5th OCCAC Title in the past six years. The Pride entered the regional tournament as one of the hottest teams in the country winning twenty straight games. After winning it’s first two regional games, Sinclair lost back-to-back games and ended up finishing 3rd. Off the field, twelve players moved on to four-year schools to continue their playing careers, and a record fourteen players graduated with Associate Degrees.

The 2015 campaign will begin at home this season with a midweek game against Urbana University. After that doubleheader, Sinclair will head back to Morristown, Tennessee to take on #21 Walters State. “Walters is one of the best programs in the country, year in and year out. They are very well coached, and they expect to be in the World Series every year.”

Once they return from Tennessee, the Pride play it’s next sixteen non-conference games at Grady’s Field, hosting some of the best teams in the region. Five of the six series are against regional opponents, including three teams that played in last year’s regional tournament.

The Pride will start the homestand in March against Glen Oaks. “Coach Schreiber has been bringing his club down here for years as our weekend opener. Glen Oaks is well prepared and are always competing to make the regional.” Once the weekend is over, the Tartans will host St. Clair for the first time in Coach Dintaman’s tenure.

The following weekend Kellogg comes in town for a four-game set. “Kellogg hosts our regional every year and they have won it many times. Last season, they knocked us out of the tournament, and this weekend always gives us a good idea of where we are within the region.”

A midweek doubleheader against Danville Area leads us into a three-game weekend with Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids finished 4th in last year’s regional and have won five national championships. The final two games before conference play begins are against Mott, which is a rematch of the 2014 regional opener.

Conference play starts again with Owens coming to town on March 27th. Each team in the OCCAC plays a twenty-four game schedule, playing each other eight times. “Though the conference is small, we have four solid programs coached by four strong coaching staffs.” In the middle of the conference season, Sinclair will play many non-conference games highlighted by a regional rematch with #18 Vincennes. The Blazers and Tartans will play a home and home series in March and April.

Fourteen games will be broadcasted live on the Gem City Sports Network this season, and there will be three special music days at Grady’s Field. Our first ever Faculty Appreciation Day will be held at the University of Dayton on April 21st.

Following the conference season is the regional tournament which returns to Battle Creek, Michigan. This event is held in the middle of May and the winner will head to Enid, Oklahoma for the NJCAA DII World Series.

“I’m very proud of the schedule we have put together with our limited resources. Our focus is always to play the best teams year in and year out, and to play the best competition in the region. This year’s team has put in a lot of work and will be ready on February 25th for the journey to the 580. Hope to see you at Grady’s Field this spring. ROLL PRIDE!”

 

Patrick Kaindl
Sports Information Director
Sinclair Athletics