La PORTE — With three basketball players at the front end of its pitching staff, New Prairie was going to need a while to ramp up to speed on the mound. The same held true for the bulk of a varsity roster that had never played at that level before.

“Guys have acclimated to high school baseball. They have realized there’s a mental side to it,” Cougars coach Mark Schellinger said. “We’re starting to see better approaches at the plate, more fundamentals, pitchers mixing it up better. Guys are just learning the game, and when they do that, good things can happen.”


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