Brian Drent has made a quick transition to the college baseball ranks. After spending six years as the head coach at Sioux City North High School. Drent is in his first season directing the program at Morningside. The Mustangs are 23-12 overall and off to a 3-1 start in the Great Plains Athletic Conference race.

“I really inherited a good group of kids and number one they are great to work with, and we have some very solid players,” Drent says.

Drent says one of the biggest differences between high school and college is how the pitching staff is managed late in games.

He says the 6th and 7th inning are much different for college hitters. Drent says there’s also a difference in the commitment level as the college players are there for one thing, and you don’t have to worry about them being in other sports.

Drent says a key for the Mustangs to stay in the hunt in the GPAC will be their health. He says they are not real deep and they’ve already had one guy go down with a season ending injury. Drent says the weather is important too, so they don’t have a lot of games that get backed up.

Morningside returns to action on Thursday by hosting Dordt College in a doubleheader.