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LaMoille Lions aka the Rookies

2014 LaMoille baseball

LAMOILLE — The LaMoille/Ohio Lions baseball team could have a new name this year. Call them the Rookies.

Half of the 12-man squad are first-year players, best known in the baseball world as rookies. The list includes senior David Dickey (utility) and sophomore Dustin Fultz (C/OF) of Ohio, junior Adam Schweickert (2B/C) and sophomore Colin Cromwell (2B/ OF) of LaMoille and the two freshmen, Brady Beattie (C) of Ohio and Chase Billhorn (1B/P) of LaMoille.

“Half our team is rookies,” sixth-year coach Chuck Lovgren said. “They’re coming along. It’s nice to have the bodies.”

The new kids on the diamond join six holdovers in seniors Anthony Lovgren (P/SS), Preston Powers (P/SS) and Garrett Anderson (LF) of LaMoille and Josh Weber (C/OF) of Ohio and juniors Jake Lucas (P) of LaMoille and Bradley Davis of Ohio.

While the Lions got off to a slow start at the plate, they’ve been putting things together of late, winners of their last two games — 13-4 and 6-5 over Earlville/Leland.

“We’re hoping to win some ballgames and be competitive in all of them, and I really think we can do that,” Chuck Lovgren said. “They have a lot of enthusiasm and that’s great.”

• Collin Cromwell drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the inning to bring home the go-ahead run in the fourth. It was the Lions’ fourth free pass in the inning. Billhorn had two hits and Lucas (double) each had two hits and Schweickert doubled

Anthony Lovgren was the winning pitcher Friday with Lucas earning the save.

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