For the second year in a row, the team made it to the championship game of the Avista NAIA World Series, but were unable to get ring number seventeen. Despite that, we take a look at the Warrior's 2014 season...one certainly to remember.
Just like last year, the Lewis-Clark State Baseball team were within reach of the national championship, and let it slip away in a disheartening game...this time, losing to ten-seed Cumberland 3-0.
"Came up short, we were hoping a little more for some performances and they just didn't show up in that championship game," said Head Coach Jeremiah Robbins.
A total of sixteen seniors, about half of whom were every day starters, will be on their way out.
"I believe they won 92 games in the past two-years for this program, played in back-to-back national championships, and to replace them is gonna be tough," said Robbins. "But what they've done has made that a lot easier, you know, recruits want to come to a school that wins."
Coach Robbins wasted no time over the weekend trying to better his team, signing six new recruits with another five or six in the works.
"It's a good group, a good recruiting class," said Robbins. "We had a large group here during the series, looking at our club, looking at the series. We like to get recruits in at that time to give them a taste of the World Series atmosphere, the community, the support is huge for our program and it will definitely sell itself."
Two World Series runner-up finishes isn't something to look down on.
"It was a good run," said Robbins. "I'd definitely say you could feel some excitement back with L-C State Baseball and that's the most exciting thing for me is people enjoy coming and watch us play."
But just like any coach, not walking away with a championship trophy isn't good enough for Robbins.
"We'll get one," said Robbins. "It's getting closer every year. We gotta get the right guys in. You know where gonna make some changes. It's gonna be from the top to the bottom, and we're gonna get this thing where it deserves to be, where the community wants it."
And with the 2014 LCSC Warrior Baseball season over, we leave you with some excitement with what to expect for next year.
"We've got six junior college All-Americans coming in, three of four guys have already been drafted," said Robbins. "We've got a mix of high school guys, we've got a mix of local guys, we've got a mix of Idaho guys. We're excited about this class."
With local college and high school baseball done for the year, we can all prepare for American Legion ball, which locally will be headed up by members of the Warrior coaching staff.