Thirteen games in 13 days is a tough schedule for any baseball team, but it's something the Delaware Cows expect just about every year in the Great Lakes collegiate wooden-bat league.

Thirteen games in 13 days is a tough schedule for any baseball team, but it's something the Delaware Cows expect just about every year in the Great Lakes collegiate wooden-bat league.

The only comfort for coach Dave Koblentz is that it comes at the right time on the calendar.

"There will come a point around the Fourth of July where the guys will hit a wall, and you've really got to push them," he said. "We play a 40-game season in such a short amount of time, but I think once our pitchers gain some experience you're going to be looking at a pretty good baseball team."

Delaware, which was 4-2 before playing Licking County last Thursday, wraps up the long stretch of games Tuesday at Ohio Wesleyan's Littick Field against Southern Ohio before earning a three-day break.

The team plays host to Lima at 1 p.m. today before traveling to Lake Erie on Monday.

It's a grueling way to open the season, especially for a team that has 16 freshmen on its roster. Twelve of them are pitchers.

Familiar faces include Olentangy graduates Ryan Meade (Ohio State) and Nick Karow (Furman), who both helped lead the Braves to the Division I championship game in 2006 when they were state runner-up.

Meade will see time at first and third, while the hard-throwing Karow has become an asset in the bullpen.

Other notable local players include Ohio State infielder Cory Kovanda (Worthington Kilbourne), Cincinnati outfielder Jamel Scott (Dublin Scioto) and North Carolina-Greensboro catcher Ed Jayjack (Dublin Coffman).

Both Kovanda and Scott played for the Cows last summer.

Kovanda started in 53 games for the Buckeyes, who finished at 30-26 overall, and batted .324 with five doubles, a home run and 20 RBI.

For the Bearcats, Scott hit .311 with eight doubles, a triple, a home run and 38 RBI in 56 starts. He had three hits in the 4-3 loss at Lima on June 16.

"Position wise we're somewhat young, but there are some freshmen who have some experience," said Koblentz, who's helped countless young pitchers reach the big leagues. "We have a lot more depth than we've had in the past to make moves with. Our pitching is young, but I think we have some prospects down the road."

The summer is for building arms, not overusing them so Koblentz keeps his pitchers on a strict pitch count, especially early in the season.

Most of the pitchers saw no more than 10-15 innings in the spring.

"I've told them they're here to work on their weakest point and nothing more," Koblentz said.

At the plate, freshman infielder Logan Williams (Mississippi) has been hot at .429 with a double, a home run and two RBI. His slugging percentage is .619.

Delaware expects to return to the playoffs in August where the season ended a year ago to Columbus 6-1 in the championship game.

The Cows last summer finished the regular season at 25-14.

Koblentz expects to have a more experienced team in July.

"So far they've meshed well with each other and they're doing it right with the game," he said.