Owens brothers enjoys one, last season together

Originally Posted Online: May 03, 2013, 7:13 pm
Last Updated: May 03, 2013, 11:57 pm
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By Anthony Sandoval, asando@qconline.com

The Moline Maroons baseball team's start to the season was as rough as the spring weather.

Despite that, it has been a throwback-type season for the Owens brothers, senior Drew and freshman Mitch.

Drew and Mitch played on the same baseball team once before the 2013 Maroons. That was a season of Little League in 2007.

"It's been a blast," Drew Owens said."We played together down at Riverside for one year. It was my last year and it was his first year. That was pretty much it back in those days; it's kind of like a throwback this year."

For the foreseeable future, this season will be a one-and-done together too. Drew is in his final high-school season; Mitch is in his first.

"It's really different, because you're playing with better talent," Mitch said of the different times."You're all grown up and have more pressure on you then you had in Little League. Back then, we were just playing for fun, but now we're playing for something."

Drew, a shortstop, is having the type of season that many expected he would have, batting .441 with three home runs and 25 RBIs. Batting in the two hole for the past 12 games, right before Drew, it has been Mitch, a third baseman, that has impressed many with a quiet .362 average.

"Drew has been solid all year in every aspect of the game," Moline coach Craig Schimmel said. "It's what you expect from a three-year starter. Mitch hasn't played like a freshman. He has played like he belongs on varsity. He never seems nervous and he is very mature, both physically and mentally, for a freshman."

Although the freshman's play and maturity is beyond his years, playing varsity came as a bit of a surprise.

"I was a little shocked, but it's been great playing on varsity as a freshman," Mitch said. "I came into the high-school season not know what I was going to do. I just went in and performed the best that I could and they gave me a varsity jersey."

Drew has been one of his younger brother's biggest supporters, offering advice when needed.

"If I see something wrong in his mechanics when I'm on deck, I'll talk him through it when we get back on the field," Drew said. "It helps him with his approach the next time around. I feel like it's a good learning experience for him right now."

Moline has a 14-7 record, 4-4 in the Western Big 6, with the Maroons starting out their conference play 0-4. Mitchis confident that Moline is headed in the right direction now that they have strung some wins together.

"We've struggled a bit this season, but have turned it around of late," Mitch said. "We're starting to hit the ball well and make the plays that need to be made. We weren't playing to our potential at the beginning of the year."

The senior Owens sees progress, but also somethings that need some adjusting.

"We've got to work on our mental game," Drew said. "We have to focus on the first couple of innings, because we have struggled in those innings. We've got to have more confidence in ourselves, and, if we get that down, I think we can do some pretty big things."

Western Big 6 Conference standings


Conf. Over.

Alleman 7-1 18-2
Galesburg 6-2 18-6
Moline 4-4 14-7
Quincy 3-5 8-12
Rock Island 2-6 11-11
United Township 2-6 6-11

Today's doubleheaders:
Moline at Rock Island, ppd. rain
Alleman at Quincy, ppd. rain
United Township at Galesburg, ppd. rain

May 6 doubleheader:
Moline at Rock Island, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m.

May 7 doubleheader:
Alleman at Quincy, 4 & 6 p.m.

United Township at Galesburg



Conf. Over.

Moline 7-1 14-3
United Township 7-1 10-3
Alleman 4-4 16-7
Rock Island 4-4 7-10
Galesburg 1-7 8-14
Quincy 1-7 4-13

Today's doubleheaders:
Galesburg at United Township, ppd. rain
Quincy at Alleman, ppd. rain

May 8 doubleheader:
Rock Island at Moline, 4 & 6 p.m.
Quincy at Alleman, 4 & 6 p.m.

Galesburg at United Township


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