Sinclair Community College Head Coach, Steve Dintaman, has announced the schedule for the 2018 season, which will be his 11th season at the helm of the Tartan Pride. "As always, I'm very excited about our schedule for the upcoming season, said Dintaman. We've once again scheduled some tough non-conference games, and we have three straight weekends of ranked opponents before we start conference play on March 23rd. Our team goals are set in stone here at Sinclair. Win the Conference, win the Regional, and win the World Series."
Last season Sinclair finished 47-15, winning another OCCAC Championship and making it to their third straight Regional Final before losing to Lansing. Sinclair has won more games in the last four seasons than any other team in the country. Off the field, fifteen players moved on to four-year schools to continue their playing careers, and twelve left with degrees.
The 2018 campaign will begin down at Perfect Game at LakePoint in Georgia. The Pride will play a three game set with #14 Georgia Highlands College, who plays their home games at the facility. "GHC has a strong program and Coach Dash O'Neill has them moving in the right direction. They won the conference tournament last year and will begin this season nationally ranked. Our guys will be very excited to get going and will be ready to compete."
Once they return home from Georgia, the Pride will have a pair of new opponents on the schedule. Newly formed program Ivy Tech will come to town on the 27th, for the home opener at Grady's Field. Then #18 McHenry County out of Illinois makes their first trip to Xenia for a three game weekend series. The Scots were also in the 2016 NJCAA World Series with the Tartans.
The next thirteen non-conference games will all be played against teams in Region 12. After a midweek non-conference game with Edison, #11 Kellogg will make their annual trip to Grady's Field. The Kellogg series always provides value for both teams. Coach Laskovy is one of the best in our game, and we share the same goals every year.
Following the Kellogg series, Sinclair will travel to Vincennes for a midweek week match-up and then return home to play Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Valley. Playing these quality teams from our Region only gets us better and really puts us in the best position to have success in our conference. Excited to play most of these at Grady's Field.
The OCCAC has once again changed with the addition of Eastern Gateway. The conference season will be played over seven weekends, of four games series, with each team having a bye, giving us twenty-four games. In the middle of the conference season, Sinclair will play non-conference games against Vincennes, Macomb, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Valley.
All of the home games will be broadcasted live on the Gem City Sports Network this season (Except Tuesday's), and follow the website for special promotion games.
Following the conference season is the regional tournament which has a new home at Sports Force Park in Sandusky, Ohio. This event is held in the middle of May, and the winner will head to Enid, Oklahoma for the NJCAA DII World Series.
"I'm very proud of the schedule we have put together and thankful that we get to play so many games at Grady's Field. The turf allows us to play 56 games every year, and this year we are really excited about the nineteen nine inning games on the schedule. This will give our players more opportunities and allow us to develop our pitching staff. Our focus is always to play the best teams year in and year out, and to play the best competition in the region. This year's team has put in a lot of work and will be ready on February 25th for the journey to the 580. Hope to see you at Grady's Field this spring. ROLL PRIDE!"