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Catcher Brett Kron, from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Oak Hills High School, was listed as a “Player to Watch” by the league office

With the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball season scheduled to begin next weekend, the Franklin College Grizzlies have been selected to win the league, in a vote amongst league coaches announced on Monday, Feb. 22.

The Grizzlies picked up 90 points in Monday’s preseason poll. Franklin still reigns as the most current HCAC Champion, winning the league title in 2019. The 2020 season was cut well short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not far behind, Anderson University was picked to finish second with 84 points. Transylvania (77), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (74) and Earlham College (53) rounded out the top five of the preseason poll.

Dillon Bender is the sports information director for Manchester University.