Experience will be a shortage for the 2019 Pelican Rapids High School baseball team–with three seniors returning.
But head coach Adam Johnson is optimistic that young players will step into key roles.
Coaching Staff: Adam Johnson, Steve Babb, Mitch Verdorn, Nick Groth. Johnson has coached baseball for six years.
Conference: Heart O’ Lakes
Record Last Year: 11-13 Overall, 2-12
Highlights From Last Year: Making it to the section Semi’s, Jacob Gottenborg setting the school single season home run record with six.
Key Players Lost: We lost seven seniors, Jacob Gottenborg, Oakley Kress, Dillon Such, and Nick Schermerhorn
Returning Starters and Letter Winners:
Hayden Christenson, Senoir P, IN, OF
Reggie Funk, Senior P, C, OF
Damien Britten, Senior P, IN
Logan Fahje, Sophomore P, OF
Liam Systma, Sophomore P, IN
Carson McNeal, Freshman P, IN
Brock Sjolie, Freshman P, IN
Weston Funk, Sophomore P, IN
Comments About Team or Upcoming Season: We are going to be very young, with only three seniors. However, we have a very consistent player in Hayden Christenson to lead these young guys.
Christenson has batted over .350 all 3 of his varsity years and will be our anchor in the lineup and on the mound this year.
Many of our guys have not played an inning on varsity and are going to have to adjust to the speed and level of play quickly, which I think we will do. Pitching and hitting will be our biggest hurdles.
Many players will be taking the varsity mound for the first time. It is a challenge, but I think they are ready and willing to take on. We are ready to play some baseball and excited to see what some of these young guys have to offer.