Hastings College's head baseball coach Jim Boeve isn't afraid to admit last season was a disappointment. The Broncos went 13-35 with many of the same players that were competing in the NAIA national tournament in the 2011 season.
So, when Boeve saw his team was picked to finish ninth in the GPAC by the league coaches in the upcoming 2013 season, he wasn't surprised. But he also wasn't discouraged.
"One thing we've seen the last six or seven years is that we're probably the most difficult team to predict what's going to happen, which is frustrating as a coach because that often means you're wrong, too, in terms of expectations," said Boeve, whose Broncos open the season this weekend in Denver. "So, who knows? I think I know where our question marks are this year. If we can get them answered, maybe we can surprise some people this year."
Boeve recalled the beginning of the 2010 season, when his team "couldn't get out of its own way." HC was 9-28 on April 23, but the Broncos won 11 of their next 14 games, going as far as the GPAC championship before falling to Northwestern to end the incredible run and the Broncos' season. Boeve said Hastings College possibly played as well as it ever has during that stretch of 14 games.