Every sports season begins with every team hoping for success and dreaming of winning a championship. For many teams, those dreams may be for a league championship or a district title.
It’s a different story with Mount Union baseball.
The regular season is just the beginning for the Trojans. A district title is a crucial goal because it can lead to the ultimate dream – a state title.
The Trojans have been there before, but it’s been a long time. They are hoping to win their fourth PIAA crown when they battle Notre Dame Green Pond at 4 p.m. today at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on the campus of Penn State University.
The Crusaders (24-5) come into the game with a 17-game winning streak. They have not lost since dropping an 8-1 decision at Northwestern Lehigh April 22.
The Trojans, who won the District 6-3A title May 27, have won their last nine starts.
Shortstop Ethan Carbaugh leads Trojan starters with a .451 batting average. Third baseman Dylan Gearhart is next with a .448 average. He also leads Mount Union in RBI with nine and extra base hits with 12 – nine doubles and three homers.
Right fielder Quinnten Fultz is hitting .392, while second baseman has a .371 batting average and leads the team with 34 runs scored.
Senior left-hander Seth Smith will get the start for the Trojans today. He has appeared in 11 games and owns a 9-0 record with a 1.39 ERA. Over 60 and one-third innings of work, he has struck out 52, walked 22 and given up 45 hits.
Notre Dame Green Ponds statistics on Max Preps were far from up to date.
To get to this game, the Crusaders have beaten Neumann-Goretti (3-1), Wyoming Seminary (8-0) and Lake Lehman (8-1) in the PIAA Tournament. The Trojans have gotten by Biglerville (10-4), Hopewell (4-0) and Franklin (3-1).
Mount Union has reached the PIAA championship game five times in it storied history. The last final appearance came in 1996 when the Trojans finished second. Their last title came in 1995.