GOSHEN — The 2014 season so far has been one of struggles for the Goshen College baseball team.
With a few weeks left in the season, the Maple Leafs are 6-28. Goshen snapped an eight-game losing streak last Sunday with an 18-14 win at home over Wright State-Lake Campus, a nonconference contest.
Goshen is currently 3-18 in Crossroads play. The Maple Leafs need to finish among the top eight teams in the league in order to qualify for the league tournament, slated for May 3-7.
Right now, St. Francis is in the 8th spot. The Cougars are 9-22 overall (5-9 Crossroads).
Second-year Goshen coach Alex Childers said consistent starting pitching has been a problem this season.
And as if the Maple Leafs didn’t have enough problems, they recently lost one of their best players for the season with a broken ankle.
Arick Armington, a senior pitcher/outfielder from Elkhart Christian, suffered the injury beating out a grounder to first.
It was a bad break for the senior, who was looking forward to his final college baseball campaign.
But the Wakarusa native said he is going to try to make the best of the situation.
As a senior, he can still help to provide leadership for a young squad.
He just has to do it from the bench.
“I can still try to keep the guys up and in the game,” Armington said as he took a break from helping out with a recent practice.
At the time of his injury, Armington had appeared in 24 games for Goshen, batting .300 with a home run and 16 RBIs. He had scored 12 runs, and hit four doubles and two triples. He also stole six bases.
On the mound, Armington was 2-2 with a 3.73 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 311/3 innings.
Childers said with Armington shelved for the season, some other players are going to have to step up.