New look for L-C baseball | Sports

“New” doesn’t need to coincide with “problematic.”

With a handful of Division I transfers and a wealth of junior-college notables sprinkled alongside a few returners apt to lead, Lewis-Clark State baseball looks more like an auspicious reload, rather than a rebuild.

The 19th-ranked Warriors, in Year 2 under coach Jake Taylor after a 35-15-1 campaign and early exit at the 2019 NAIA World Series, open their season at 1 p.m. today with a matchup in California against William Jessup.

Don’t anticipate today’s LCSC to resemble last season’s — really, in most respects.

“We had to replace a lot,” Taylor said. “We lost a lot of good arms last year (10), a lot of solid position players (seven). But it was a great process. We like the guys we brought in. We got some versatile position players, guys that can really hit, and some top-end arms.

“We really like where we are.”

The infield, in particular, is shaping up to be intimidating. That’s to the liking of Taylor, an LCSC alum and longtime prep coach who’s fully settled into the job.

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