Coming off a three-win campaign last spring, Anoka-Ramsey Community College baseball hopes the addition of three transfers will equate to more wins.
The Golden Rams will see only two pitchers return, but add depth and quality to the roster.
Anoka-Ramsey added shortstop Thomas Kinsella from St. Cloud State and outfielder Sam Krick from Upper Iowa to add some pop and speed to the top of the lineup that looks to replace the top two batting averages in the southern division (Andrew Pitts, .436 and Jon Fern, .402).
The addition of infielder Tyler Weeks (Parma, Ohio) with sophomores Tucker Morrell (Elk River) and catcher Evan Gaddis (Somerset, Wis.) should provide some stability up the middle.
The infielders are a strong, experienced group that comes into the season confident.
Look for the outfield group to be one of the strongest turned out by the Golden Rams in recent memory.
Krick, Kinsella and Matt Rotzien were three players in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference to watch this spring.
Weeks had two hits in the season opener at Harrison, Arkansas, a 10-3 loss to Moraine Valley College March 1.
Kinsella added two hits in a 7-1 loss to host North Arkansas College, March 12.
Sophomore Billy Herdzina (Anoka) blasted a grand slam in the first inning against North Arkansas but the Golden Rams came up short in a 10-5 loss Thursday.
Anoka-Ramsey concluded its spring break trip with a doubleheader loss to North Iowa Area Community College, March 14. The Iowa team placed fifth at nationals last spring and won both games by scores of 10-6 and 19-5.
Gaddis was 2-for-3 and Krick hit a home run in the first game. Herdzina went 3-for-3 in the second game to highlight the Golden Rams offensive efforts in an 0-8 start to the 2014 season.
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