By Steve Peterson
West Sioux’s baseball team is ready for another campaign with another year under their belts.
At one point last year, a majority of starters were eighth graders.
Coach Brian Engelman is optimistic as the new year dawns.
“It’s been a struggle getting them all together here late in the spring with golf and soccer going on. Even though we did not graduate anyone, we still have to work hard,” said Engleman.
He described many of the positions as “up for grabs” as the first week of games neared.
One change is junior Jesus Rivera has taken over the catching duties when he is not pitching.
“He’s our team leader and hardest worker. The kids look up to him,” said Engleman.
Braedon Petersen is back with Rivera in the starting rotation. Petersen won three of the Falcons’ four victories last year.
“He has picked up a lot of control,” said Engleman.
Junior Justin Stoltenburg will also throw for the Falcons.
Justin Negaard returns as a freshman at shortstop.
Junior Mitch Schlumbohm and senior Jacobe Millikan are other upperclassmen on the team.
Continued progress will be the key for the still-young Falcons.
“The only thing guaranteed about another year is that you’re older. You want to play well in the conference but the real goal is to go farther in districts,” said Engleman.
The Falcons host Gehlen Catholic at 6:00 p.m. May 24 in a War Eagle Conference clash.
The Falcons are at the Woodbury Central tournament in Moville, starting at 9:00 a.m., May 25.