Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

WATERTOWN, Wis. -- The Maranatha Baseball Program wrapped up a season of uncertainty on May 1, as they only played on 9 different days and had 10 games get cancelled to COVID-related restrictions. Aside from that, the team was limited to practicing indoors until their first game, meaning that the first time they faced live pitchers was during the first official game of the season.

Finding a rhythm was tricky, to say the least.

Not only did the team face multiple scheduling challenges, but they also faced personnel challenges. The Sabercats lost 5 pitchers - 4 starters - between the fall and spring semesters and they returned just 8 men from the 2020 roster. Even though they went winless in the 18-game season, the team battled through all of the factors stacked firmly against them.

"We had a lot against us," said Coach Gary Garrison. "But these guys really showed up and took up the slack, and I want to commend them for that. Several guys had to adjust and fill pitching roles, and guys had to play different positions with 8 new faces in the starting lineup.

"Seniors Caleb Huthmaker, Nate Croswell, David Hecker, and Kile Arp provided great leadership on and off the field, and I'm very proud of those guys. Even though the 2021 season was a disappointment in some ways, the brotherhood has developed into a tight-knit bond."

The team kept grinding, and they posted their best offensive showing of the season in their final game, scoring 7 runs off of 11 hits against North Central on the final day of the season. That performance was just a microcosm of the persistence they showed during the 2021 season - a season filled with adversity.

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AWARDS

The team awards from Coach Garrison were as follows:

Offensive MVP - David Cripps

Defensive MVP - David Cripps

Overall MVP - Shane Paruch

Pitching Ace - Sam Ratledge

Coach's Award - Caleb Huthmaker

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OUTLOOK

The team honored 3 seniors that completed 4 seasons - Nate CroswellDavid Hecker, and Caleb Huthmaker all completed their 4-year careers at Maranatha.

Thome Makes History
May 28, 2021 Thome Makes History
Lessons Learned
May 27, 2021 Lessons Learned
Recapping the Return
May 27, 2021 Recapping the Return
Scholar-Athlete Honors
May 20, 2021 Scholar-Athlete Honors
Year 4 Recap
May 18, 2021 Year 4 Recap
One More Thome
May 10, 2021 One More Thome
A Sweep for Hansel
May 6, 2021 A Sweep for Hansel
All-Region Runoff
May 6, 2021 All-Region Runoff
Chaney Chalks it Up
April 9, 2021 Chaney Chalks it Up
Dafoe Takes a Bow
March 30, 2021 Dafoe Takes a Bow
Counting Down
March 18, 2021 Counting Down
Callie Compilation
March 16, 2021 Callie Compilation
Barclay Beckons
March 12, 2021 Barclay Beckons
Ozark on the Docket
March 11, 2021 Ozark on the Docket
Business Still Unfinished
March 11, 2021 Business Still Unfinished
Old Rivals Meet Again
March 10, 2021 Old Rivals Meet Again
Callie Earns All-American
March 10, 2021 Callie Earns All-American
Callie Cleans Up
March 8, 2021 Callie Cleans Up
Take Two
March 8, 2021 Take Two
Scholar-Team Champions
March 4, 2021 Scholar-Team Champions
Five Seed for the Finish
March 1, 2021 Five Seed for the Finish
Callie for Three
March 1, 2021 Callie for Three
NCCAA Regionals Insider
February 24, 2021 NCCAA Regionals Insider
Four-Seed Framework
February 17, 2021 Four-Seed Framework
Top Seed: Locked
February 17, 2021 Top Seed: Locked
Callie Collects
February 15, 2021 Callie Collects
Ballin' in January
February 4, 2021 Ballin' in January
Basketball Games Postponed
January 26, 2021 Basketball Games Postponed
The Day Before
January 21, 2021 The Day Before
Story: From the Ground Up
January 21, 2021 Story: From the Ground Up
Inside Pool A
January 20, 2021 Inside Pool A
Nationals In Sight
January 12, 2021 Nationals In Sight
Breaking New Ground
January 5, 2021 Breaking New Ground
Exceeding Expectations
December 29, 2020 Exceeding Expectations
Recapping the Run
December 17, 2020 Recapping the Run
A Look Back
December 15, 2020 A Look Back
Weekly for Wilkerson
December 14, 2020 Weekly for Wilkerson
More of Morrison
December 7, 2020 More of Morrison
Moses Collects
December 7, 2020 Moses Collects
Pill at the Pinnacle
December 3, 2020 Pill at the Pinnacle
Sponnie at the Summit
December 3, 2020 Sponnie at the Summit
Basketball Games Cancelled
December 1, 2020 Basketball Games Cancelled
AVCA All-Americans
November 24, 2020 AVCA All-Americans
More for Moses
November 23, 2020 More for Moses
Climax Close-Up
November 20, 2020 Climax Close-Up
This Means More
November 19, 2020 This Means More
Story: No Superman
November 18, 2020 Story: No Superman
Thursday Game Postponed
November 18, 2020 Thursday Game Postponed
Story: Rewrite the Script
November 18, 2020 Story: Rewrite the Script
Nationals In Focus
November 18, 2020 Nationals In Focus
Hansel Honored
November 18, 2020 Hansel Honored
More History Made
November 18, 2020 More History Made
Inside Pool A
November 17, 2020 Inside Pool A
Third Shuffle
November 16, 2020 Third Shuffle
Making NCCAA History
November 14, 2020 Making NCCAA History
Second Shuffle
November 13, 2020 Second Shuffle
The Road Ahead
November 13, 2020 The Road Ahead
Story: Success Secrets
November 12, 2020 Story: Success Secrets
Weekend Games Postponed
November 11, 2020 Weekend Games Postponed
Nationals Field Adjusted
November 11, 2020 Nationals Field Adjusted
Back Together
November 9, 2020 Back Together
Reclaim the Fame
November 8, 2020 Reclaim the Fame
Top Seed for the Tournament
November 7, 2020 Top Seed for the Tournament
After Day Two
November 6, 2020 After Day Two
Season-Opener Cancelled
November 5, 2020 Season-Opener Cancelled
After Day One
November 5, 2020 After Day One
Schedule Shuffle
November 5, 2020 Schedule Shuffle
Fopma Flies Ahead
November 3, 2020 Fopma Flies Ahead
Business Still Unfinished
November 2, 2020 Business Still Unfinished
Title Defense: Targeted
November 2, 2020 Title Defense: Targeted
Eligibility Extended
October 29, 2020 Eligibility Extended
Parents' Day Cancelled
October 28, 2020 Parents' Day Cancelled
Three More
October 26, 2020 Three More
Jamboree Jumpstart
October 24, 2020 Jamboree Jumpstart
Regional Faceoff
October 23, 2020 Regional Faceoff
Round-Robin Regional
October 23, 2020 Round-Robin Regional
Men's Soccer Game Postponed
October 22, 2020 Men's Soccer Game Postponed
Traveling Trifecta
October 19, 2020 Traveling Trifecta
Miracle in Muskegon
October 17, 2020 Miracle in Muskegon
Bigtime at Bethel
October 9, 2020 Bigtime at Bethel
Sponnie for Three
October 5, 2020 Sponnie for Three
Sponnie Starts it Off
October 1, 2020 Sponnie Starts it Off
Two for Hansel
September 28, 2020 Two for Hansel
Test Run Ready
September 25, 2020 Test Run Ready
300 for DeLozier
September 23, 2020 300 for DeLozier
Two for the Show
September 14, 2020 Two for the Show
Forward Looks
September 10, 2020 Forward Looks
Eyes on the Prize
September 9, 2020 Eyes on the Prize
Prepared to Prepare
September 3, 2020 Prepared to Prepare
New Look
September 3, 2020 New Look
Nostalgia and "Normality"
August 31, 2020 Nostalgia and "Normality"
COVID-19 FAQs
August 17, 2020 COVID-19 FAQs
Fall Schedule Updates
July 27, 2020 Fall Schedule Updates
Academic Achievements
July 22, 2020 Academic Achievements
A Forward Look
June 24, 2020 A Forward Look
Hosting Hopes
June 19, 2020 Hosting Hopes
Back to Business
June 17, 2020 Back to Business