Leave it to a CCIW fan (Redmen meaning Carthage I assume?) to come to the MWC board and talk.
The level of competition in the MWC isn't bad; it's just that in baseball, the MWC splits the teams into North and South divisions (Monmouth being in the South) and teams from opposite divisions don't meet until the conference tournament at the end of the regular season--so Monmouth doesn't get a chance to play the best competition in the MWC (typically Ripon and St. Norbert in the North division) until that conference tournament. So, no, the level of competition in the South isn't the best and Monmouth has dominated there recently. Numbers-wise, they've won the South division each of the past 5 seasons with Illinois C. and Knox each taking 2 turns at second place and Grinnell taking second once also; meaning no real other dominant team in the South besides MC. They have done a good job in scheduling good competition for non-conference games after the spring trip with teams like Illinois Wesleyan, Augustana, Wartburg, and WIU (not a Div. I power by any means, but still Div. I) and have had decent results against those other teams. Also, back in 2002 despite that sub-par competition
, Monmouth fell just short of advancing to the D-III College World Series after losing a couple close ones in the regional to those darn Redmen!
Anyhow, Monmouth did win their final spring trip game to head home from Arizona at 5-7 and now get into the main part of the schedule. I'm sticking with what I said before--I'm not worried after the sub-.500 spring trip, I still believe that the Scots will be fine in MWC action, and that they'll put up another good fight in the conference tournament at the end of the season.