The Portage Collegiate Trojans are ready to defend their Zone 4 Championship. The baseball team made it to the semi-finals in the provincial championship last year and is looking to repeat that success this season. 

Todd Boychuk, Cam Asham, and Rob Olson will be co-coaching the program this year. Asham says they've been practicing in the gym for over a month and notes they can't wait to finally get on the diamond.

"You never know how good you are until you actually get outside but I think we are decently deep in the pitching department," Asham explains. "From what you can tell in the gym, it looks like we should be okay on the offensive side as well."

The team will look a little different from last year but Asham believes they will still have the talent to compete for a championship.

"We graduated six players last year, and we have two Grade 12s this year. So, you could call us a bit of a younger team, with only a couple of Grade 12s. The rest are Grade 11s and 10s, with a few 9s, as well."

PCI is one of seven teams in the Zone 4 High School Baseball League, and they will play a double-header against all six of the other squads. 

"We were supposed to start today but that's been pushed to Monday of next week. That's our home opener," says Asham. "May will be a pretty busy month for us. We have six double-headers that make up the season, and then the top six teams move on to the Zone Championship tournament at the end of May."

The Trojans will play twelve games between May 2-18. The first of which goes down Monday, May 2, against the Garden Valley Zodiacs. Game 1 in the double-header begins at 4:15.