The Central Baptist College Mustangs are two wins shy of meeting last year’s win total and have won in a variety of ways.
"We hit the weight room more in the offseason, where we focused on legs and core, and we’ve gotten more production out of our offense this year than we had last year," coach Aaron Brister said. "We’ve had great pitching and defense along with our offense."
The Mustangs’ record currently sits at 29-7, which is a top-10 record in the NAIA level and are 7-5 in the American Midwest Conference.
Brister is in his third year as the coach, and has attributed the success to the players buying into what he and the rest of the coaching staff are saying.
"We have a motto that we go by, ‘Building a tradition, leaving a legacy,’ and our guys have bought in to that, and are really coming together," Brister said.
In the latest NAIA coaches’ poll, CBC received 42 votes. The Mustangs have been ranked No. 1 in the National Christian College Athletic Association for three weeks.
"This is a special honor," Brister said. "This is the first time that I have coached that we have received votes. We tell our guys that it doesn’t matter about the bells and whistles, but we just need to play hard and get the job done."
Last weekend, the Mustangs played Lyon College, which was the top team in the AMC, and took two of three from the Scots.
This weekend, CBC is traveling to St. Louis to play No. 12 Missouri Baptist University, which is now the top team in the conference.
"We want to give God the glory for where we have gotten," Brister said.
Junior Jalin Lawson is one of the big reasons why the offense has been so successful.
He leads the NAIA in home runs with 15 in 36 contests.
He’s had plenty of people get on base ahead of him because he is fifth in the NAIA in RBI with 46.
The Mustangs have eight regular players hitting above .300.
On the pitching side, sophomore Brian Moreno leads CBC in earned run average among starters with a 2.58 ERA.
Brister also said as the games go on, he thinks the pitching gets stronger because the Mustangs have a good bullpen.
Brister also loves his coaching staff. He said assistant John Buczek is the best assistant in the world.
(Staff Writer Andy Robertson can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 505-1246.)