The college season has arrived and the Islanders are at work.
It's hard to believe Scott Malone is starting year 13 as Islanders head coach.
His team won 31 games last season, and most of those players are back and can't wait to open the regular season on Valentine's Day.
"I think we have a really good club," said Islanders outfielder Itchy Burts. "We are very versitile. We have a lot of power and a lot of speed and a lot of contact. We have great chemistry. I definitely see us being a top four team in the conference."
"I would say we have a lot of power, we can really hit," said Islanders first baseman Trevor Beard. "We have some really good pitching coming in, so I think we are going to be really good this year. I think we will be in the top-four seed for the Southland Conference."
"I like my old club, I like having a bunch of old guys in my starting lineup," said Islanders head baseball coach Scott Malone. "On any given night we might have seven seniors starting. I like knowing what I am getting as a coach. Guys who have been there, done that and been in big games. The last couple of years we have beaten Texas. Beat Ohio St., beat Sam Houston in the tournament last year and having guys who have been through those battles and being able to put them on the field every day, I feel good about that."
Sounds good. Again, they open the season on Valentine's Day on the road at UTA.
Their home opener is Feb. 20 against Kansas State followed by the Kleberg Bank College Classic at Whataburger Field starting the daye after.