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Zach Berry gets a hit landing him on base during the game against Hillsdale on Tuesday April 10th, 2018.

Gleason, GVSU baseball clobber Hillsdale 14-4

Playing baseball in cold weather is not ideal. The metal bat stings the hands, the wind blasts against everyone’s face and the feeling in players' fingers is nonexistent. After all, the sport is meant to be played in the summertime under the warm sun. Nevertheless, the Grand Valley State baseball team had no issue with the brisk temperatures Tuesday, April 10, as the Lakers clobbered the Hillsdale College Chargers 14-4 at the GVSU baseball field.

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Ryan Blake-Jones keeps an eye on the pitch while holding down first base during the home opener game against Tiffin on Thursday March 29, 2018.

GVSU baseball's Ryan Blake-Jones dominating early at the plate

They say that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports. It’s harder than throwing a spiral, swishing a jumper or stopping a slap shot. To a hit a round ball with a round bat squarely at upwards of 90 miles per hour with less than half a second to react should not even be possible, but it is. If hitting is an art, consider Grand Valley State’s Ryan Blake-Jones an artist. In 2018, the catcher-turned-first-baseman is tearing the cover off the ball through 24 games, as evidenced by his .414 batting average, 36 hits, four home runs and 29 RBI—all of which are team highs.

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Number 12, Nolan Anspaugh, bats at the home opener vs Tiffin on March 30th, 2018.

GVSU baseball splits home-opener doubleheader against Tiffin

As Opening Day in Major League Baseball was celebrated throughout the U.S. (and Ontario), the Grand Valley State baseball team finally made its way into Allendale for their first home series of the 2018 season. The Lakers welcomed Tiffin University to the GVSU baseball field on Thursday, March 29, with a drubbing in game one of a doubleheader, defeating the Dragons 13-3 before starting up a 3-2 loss that had to be finished on Friday, March 30, due to darkness.

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GVL / Luke Holmes - Austin LaDoux (24) swings at the ball. GVSU Men’s Baseball played a double-header against Tiffin University on Saturday, April 1, 2016.

Preview: GVSU baseball to face GLIAC foe Tiffin in home-opener series

Whether you think it’s warm enough or not, it’s officially baseball season.  Although the Grand Valley State baseball team is already 23 games into its season, the Lakers (13-10 overall, 2-2 GLIAC) will finally hold their home opener against the Tiffin Dragons (8-10 overall, 2-2 GLIAC) in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday, March 29. GVSU will also play another doubleheader against Tiffin on Friday, March 30, starting at 1 p.m.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Detroit Tigers 2018 Season Preview

Opening Day is a celebration unlike any other. We have been waiting since Nov. 1, 2017—yes, that's right, November—to get back to baseball, and we have finally reached the finish line. From this day forward, we will have at least one game to watch every single day until the 2018 World Series concludes. Think about that. Isn’t it beautiful? What might not be as beautiful is the season the Detroit Tigers are primed for. 

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