The Grinnell College baseball team hosts the Midwest Conference Tournament beginning Friday morning. The Pioneers won the South division race with a 12-0 record and coach Tim Holibaugh’s team is 21-14 overall. Hollibaugh says it’s hard to compare year-by-year, but this is probably the most balanced and complete team he’s had since he has been coach.

The Pioneers combine good starting pitching with solid hitting. He says they have done a good job of executing and putting the ball in play. Grinnell takes on North division runner-up Ripon College in Friday morning’s opening round. He say they are quality team and they always play good solid baseball.

St. Norbert and Illinois College meet in the other first round contest and Holibaugh says the Pioneers feel good about their chances.

By John Martenson KGRN Grinnell