The Baker softball team ended its season at the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament May 2, losing 12-3 to No. 8 Central Methodist at Blue Valley Recreation Complex in Overland Park.
Finishing 12-31 overall in the regular season and 7-11 in conference play, the softball team was busy at work in the past two weeks, splitting a doubleheader against Missouri Valley College April 21 and then getting swept by Kansas Wesleyan April 25. The Wildcats then made up a postponed doubleheader on April 27 at Graceland University and lost both games.
The Baker track and field team hosted the Zach Kindler Wildcat Open April 25 at Liston Stadium. This event will become an annual meet, named in honor of late track head coach Zach Kindler, who died last summer.
The men’s golf team will host the conference tournament at its home course of Alvamar Golf Course in Lawrence May 4-5. After finishing fifth in the Baker University Spring Invite on the same course, the Wildcats and look to take the conference tournament title like their female counterparts.
The women’s golf team started the postseason with a 33-stroke win for its third consecutive Heart of America Athletic Conference championship on April 28 at Indian Foothills Golf Course in Marshall, Missouri. Junior Lindsey Mateer led the way for the women’s team’s championship by shooting consecutive rounds of 78 a for a two-day total of 156.
The baseball season ended April 25 on senior day after a four-game split with the Avila University Eagles. The Wildcats finished last in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings at 6-20, and did not make the conference tournament.
Four new schools have been added to the HAAC Conference. Grand View and William Penn will join Baker, while Clarke University and Mount Mercy will begin their time in the conference the following year.
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Hosting Avila on April 14 at Cavaness Field, the Baker Wildcats dropped the first game 2-0 to the Eagles but redeemed themselves in game two with a walk-off 3-2 victory in the 10th inning.
The women’s track and field team finished in third place and the men in fourth place at the Gourley Open hosted by William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, April 10-11. Both teams were competing within a mixed group of competition varying from NCAA Division II to community colleges.