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Back in the Swing of Things: RLC baseball Kicks Off ’21 Friday

Back in the swing of things: RLC baseball kicks off ’21 Friday
INA, Ill. (March 4, 2021) — First-year Head Coach Walker Bullington said the Rend Lake College baseball team is ready for the busy months ahead because of one simple reason — they get to play ball.
“We’re going to play a lot of baseball in a short amount of time,” Bullington said. “We’ve got nine games in eight days, so it’s going to hit us quick. We’re just looking forward to getting out there and playing.”
The Warriors open the season on Friday when they travel to Vincennes, Ind., for a meeting with the South Suburban College Bulldogs.
Bullington said the season might be getting off to a late start because of COVID-19 restrictions, but those involved are simply grateful to get back in the swing of things. The last game Rend Lake played was almost a year ago on March 8 against Kankakee Community College.
“It’s been tough for everybody,” he said. “I think the first thing is just getting to play. There are a lot of guys who haven’t played for a long time.”
With a smaller roster than other area community colleges, Bullington said there will be ample opportunity for playing time.
“There are a lot of guys who are going to get to see a lot of playing time,” Bullington said. “What is exciting is that in the first couple of weeks, we get to see what we have and the guys get to define their roles. As a team, we have to figure out where we are. I think we know what we are trying to do offensively and on the base paths and what our M.O. is on the mound.”
Some of the leaders returning this season include shortstop Jase Felker, a sophomore from Princeton, Ky., and freshman outfielder Kyle Heatherington of Crystal Lake, Ill.
“Jase is a switch hitter and he is going to go out there and lead by example,” he said. “Kyle is a quiet kid but he speaks up when he needs to. He is one of the hardest working kids I’ve ever coached. We’ve some guys on the mound who have some experience. We have some fresh faces in there as well.”
Bullington said no matter how the season progresses, his Warriors will do whatever needs to be done and leave it all out on the field.
“We are not going to back down for anybody,” he said. “We are going to be aggressive and go out and play some ball. I think people will respect and appreciate how hard we play and communicate with each other. I think it’s going to be a pretty fun brand of baseball.”
Watch all the Warrior home games this season for free on the RLC YouTube channel.
Rend Lake College 2021 Warriors Baseball Roster
Zaki Haj (0)
Mitchell Gilman (2)
Ty Ellis (3)
Carlos Paredes Estrella (4)
Ashton Smith (5)
Jase Felker (6)
Ethan Alexander (7)
Nick Wimber (8)
Anthony Patterson (9)
Brandon Tucker (10)
Billy Beckham (11)
Aaron Agee (12)
Dallas Glass (13)
Gabe East (14)
Frankie Barrett (15)
Joey Selvaggio (16)
Jorge Gonzalez (18)
Kelby Golladay (19)
Carson Shelton (20)
Arlon Butts (22)
Justin Clark (23)
Korey Bunselmeyer (24)
Carson Nicodemo (25)
Jacob Ehling (26)
Kyle Hetherington (27)
Jayden Grzegorek (28)
Sean Pettener (29)
George De Leon (31)
Hunter Thomas (32)
Nick Compton (33)
Weston Brockhouse (35)
Bryant Miles (36)
Tyler Butler (37)
Rob Lindsay (38)
Chrstopher Gory (39)
Brady Schmitz (43)
freshman    Orland Park, Ill.
freshman    Willow Springs, Ill.
sophomore  Kennett, MO
freshman    Fort Lauderdale, FL
freshman    Du Quoin, Ill.
sophomore  Princeton, KY
freshman    Oak Lawn, Ill.
freshman    Henderson, KY
freshman    Clarksville, TN
freshman    Louisville, KY
freshman    Mt. Vernon, Ill.
freshman    Maroa, Ill.
freshman    Louisville, KY
freshman    Princeton, KY
freshman    Gillespie, Ill.
freshman    Frankfort, Ill.
freshman    Orlando, FL
freshman    Decatur, Ill.
freshman    Monrovia, IN
freshman    Cadiz, KY
freshman    Johnston City, Ill.
freshman    Ava, Ill.
freshman    Hartville, OH
freshman    Kevil, KY
freshman    Crystal Lake, Ill.
freshman    Kinmundy, Ill.
freshman    Hamilton, ONT
freshman    Santo Domingo, DR
freshman    Russel Springs, KY
freshman    Goreville, Ill.
freshman    Mt. Vernon, Ill.
freshman    Mt. Washington, KY
freshman    Benton, Ill.
freshman    Mississauga, ONT
freshman    Woodridge, Ill.
freshman    St. Libory, Ill.
Rend Lake College 2021 Warriors Baseball Schedule
March 5 at South Suburban College 3 p.m.
March 6 at Olney Central College 2:30 p.m.
March 6 at Vincennes University 5 p.m.
March 8 home versus Parkland College 1 p.m.
March 10 home versus Kankakee Community College 1 p.m.
March 11 at Lake Land College noon and 2:30 p.m.
March 13 home versus Lake Land College noon and 2:30 p.m.
March 18 home versus Shawnee Community College noon and 2:30 p.m.
March 20 at Shawnee Community College noon and 2:30 p.m.
March 23 at Lindenwood University JV 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
March 25 at Olney Central College noon and 3 p.m.
March 27 home versus Olney Central College noon and 3 p.m.
April 1 at Wabash Valley College noon and 2:30 p.m.
April 3 home versus Wabash Valley College noon and 2:30 p.m.
April 6 home versus Mineral Area College 1 p.m.
April 8 home versus John A. Logan College noon and 2:30 p.m.
April 10 at John A. Logan College noon and 2:30 p.m.
April 15 at Lincoln Trail College noon and 2:30 p.m.
April 17 home versus Lincoln Trail College noon and 2:30 p.m.
April 20 home versus Southeastern Illinois College noon and 3 p.m.
April 22 at Southwestern Illinois College noon and 2:30 p.m.
April 24 home versus Southwestern Illinois College noon and 2:30 p.m.
April 27 at Southeastern Illinois College noon and 3 p.m.
April 29 at Frontier Community College noon and 3 p.m.
May 1 home versus Frontier Community College noon and 3 p.m.
May 5 home versus Kaskaskia College noon and 3 p.m.
May 7 at Kaskaskia College noon and 3 p.m.
See more RLC sports coverage at www.rendlakewarriors.com
1 comment
  1. Kelly Edwards
    Kelly Edwards
    March 11, 2021 at 3:38 am

    nice to see the Warriors playing baseball. Format doesn’t reveal who’s who & who did what. You say games are viewable on YouTube? Am I able to see games played a week ago? Kelly Edwards, class of 1971

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