By Tyler Ohmann
Despite losing a large group of seniors from a team that took third place at state in Class AAA, the Little Falls baseball team expects to continue to compete to return in 2017.
The Flyers return starters Austin Weisz, Hunter Swanson, AJ Jenks, Adam Josephson, Mitch Boros and Derek Poser.
“(They) should bring some valuable experience to help our newcomers get up to speed with our varsity this spring,” said Flyers head coach Chad Kaddatz.
Kaddatz expects JV players Jake Kapphahn, Joe Alholm, Ben Sowada, Zack Opatz, Anthony Vetter, Sam Himley, Dylan Lukasavitz and Andrew Marod to be in the mix for varsity playing time this year.
“Our biggest goal is just to compete pitch by pitch each game this year,” Kaddatz said. “We try not to focus on anything outside of the present moment, and understand that if we can compete each game the wins will take care of themselves.”
Kaddatz expects the Granite Ridge Conference to be one of the strongest in competition following a four-way tie for the championship a year ago. St. Cloud Cathedral, Albany and Foley all are expected to compete.
Section 8AAA will continue to be good as well, with Bemidji and Alexandria returning very strong teams.
“I feel confident we can replace the numbers and some of the talent that we lost from last year, but we will need to focus on coming together as a team and finding some leadership in this years team,” Kaddatz said.
The Flyers will open the year at home against Milaca, April 6.