BELTON- The final awards of the 2022 baseball season were announced by D3baseball.com on Tuesday, as the nationally-renowned website released its All-Region teams, which included two Crusaders in Malek Bolin and Caimyn Holiday.
BELTON- There are times when moments in sports seem to play out in exactly the way they should happen.
In the ninth inning of Saturday’s regular season finale against Howard Payne, Cayden Musgrove was called on to pitch. It was not an opportunity he had been expecting. After all, the Arizona native had gone 39 games without seeing the field. But in the final inning of the last home game of the 2022 season, UMHB head coach Mike Stawski decided to change that.
BELTON- The UMHB baseball program that Malek Bolin entered prior to the 2018 season does not look nearly the same five years later.
For the fifth-year senior, nobody from his freshman class remains on the roster. A new coaching staff, led by Mike Stawski, came from Concordia-Chicago in 2020. And for the first time in his collegiate career, the Fort Worth native enters the final weekend of the regular season as the conference leader in home runs.
BELTON- After losing last Thursday’s duel at LeTourneau in extra innings, the UMHB baseball team made sure it did not let another tight one slip away.
BELTON- Malek Bolin saw the ball well, and unleashed his powerful swing, sending the pitch deep and over the furthest part of the outfield wall in center field. 395 feet and a two-run home run. It was No. 2 on the day for the first baseman. And a 17-2 lead. In the fourth inning.
BELTON- It seems there is no better way to begin a season than against a rival. Because on Saturday afternoon, the UMHB baseball team performed at a remarkably-high level, defeating Hardin-Simmons in Belton, and earning a 2-1 series victory to begin the 2022 schedule.