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For many area high school baseball teams, April can be shaky when it comes to wins and losses, but the playoffs could be fun.
With inexperienced rosters across the region, there could be a learning curve for multiple teams. However, hopes are high for tournament time as there are plenty of young talents on the horizon.
Diamond fans will want to update their calendar with key upcoming dates, including the All-City Tournament on May 14 and Districts starting May 31. The MHSAA State Tournament is scheduled for the weekend of June 16-18 at Michigan State University. .
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Here’s a look at the city and area baseball teams for 2022:
Battle Creek Center
Coach: Jordan Lawson (1st season)
Record 2021: N / A
Best Feedback: Asael Adon, sr.; Ari Shabani, sr.; Quinn Smith, then.
Outlook: Battle Creek Central will be led by first-year head coach Jordan Lawson, after longtime Bearcat mentor Casey Bess stepped down during the offseason. The BCC roster remains young, making it difficult to compete in the talented Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference. Two seniors return to help with the transition in Asael Adon and Ari Shabani. A few new faces will also come in handy. Sophomore Rolls Kerrigan is a transfer from Marshall and will play in the infield right away. The Bearcats will also be unique in the region, with a female starter like Sierra Baldwin serving as the team’s catcher. The Division 1 softball prospect chose to play baseball in the spring and was a member of every league in the Chicago area last year.
“This year it’s all about learning the game of baseball. As this is my first year coaching for the Bearcats, I want the guys to learn the game in hopes of being competitive in the game. time of the tournament,” Lawson said.
Coach: Don Shafer (2nd season)
records 2021: 12-15
Top Feedback: Zane Bowling, Ryan Buller, Gavin Carr, Ben Shafer, Brady Southfield, Kadyn Stahlhood
Outlook: With six freshmen on the roster, Harper Creek will be young and may go through some growing pains early on. The Beavers will need to rely on a handful of experienced players to navigate the Interstate 8 Conference season and run. Returning players Zane Bowling and Ryan Buller will lead the pitching team. Sophomore head coach Ben Shafer is hoping for good things offensively from return Gavin Carr and defensively from Ben Shafer in the outfield.
“As you can see, we’re extremely young. I’m excited about our youth, but I also know that we’ll have to compete as hard as we can to stay competitive with much older teams in our league,” Shafer said.
Coach: Kyle Kracht (5th season)
records 2021: 32-9
Best Feedback: Kooper Ethridge, Sr.; Jake Kucharczyk, so.; Zach Kucharczyk, so.; Jackson Haywood, Jr.; Owen Baum, Sr.
Outlook: In 2021, coach Kyle Kracht helped Lakeview go 32-9, the second-most single-season wins in program history. They were only the fourth Spartan club to win more than 30 games and they did so with underclasses spread across the entire starting lineup. This group also won the school’s first Division 1 title in baseball since 2014. Kracht was recently named the school’s athletic director, but will also continue his duties on the field. The Spartans have key returns, including senior pitcher Kooper Ethridge, who will play at Kellogg Community College next year. Sophomore twins Jake Kucharczyk and Zach Kucharczyk both had breakout seasons as rookies a year ago and are expected to move on to the next step. Senior Owen Baum and junior Jackson Haywood also bring the necessary experience.
Coach: Rob Moran (18th season)
records 2021: 28-9, 11-3 in Interstate Conference 8
Top Feedback: Tyler Wolfersberger, so.; Aiden Burns, Sr.; Evan Hammond, Sr.; Tanner Govier, Sr.; Allen Noga, sr.
Outlook: Pennfield had a record season in 2021, nearly 30 wins, but only has five returning players after graduating from 10 seniors, including one of the best players in the state in Cody Hultink, who has signed with Michigan. Pennfield will get much-needed senior executives from Aiden Burns, Tanner Govier, Evan Hammond and Allen Noga. Tyler Wolfersberger will likely lead the sophomore pitching team.
“2022 will be a youthful move for Pennfield baseball. I believe in guys and I think with some time to adapt and get used to each other, we’ll have the opportunity to win a lot of games. “It’s high school baseball, every year is something or someone new. I always look forward to seeing the kids and the season develop throughout the year,” Moran said.
St. Philip/Climax-Scotts (co-op)
Coach: Kevin Langs (8th grade)
Record 2021: Co-championship in SCAA
Top Feedback: Jackson Lawrence, Sr.; Daniel Matrau, Jr.; Lance Smith, Jr.; Ben Crocker, so.; Jacob Leaves, Jr.
Outlook: Now in year two, citing a lack of numbers in its own program, St. Philip entered into a co-op with Climax-Scotts and Calhoun Christian. This combination led to a co-championship in the Southern Central Athletic Association a year ago. Under longtime coach Kevin Langs, Climax-Scotts are in contention for league titles and district crowns every year and there is enough talent this year to expect similar results. However, there isn’t much experience with all-conference pitcher Jackson Lawrence being the only returning senior starter. The Panthers have plenty of talented underclassmen, including all-league performers Daniel Matrau, Lance Smith, Ben Crocker and Jacob Sheets.
Zone teams to watch
Coach: Homer Mandoka (3rd season)
Record 2021: 2-12
Best Feedback: Jacob Audrey, Sr.; Nick Clemens, Jr.; Brock Milam, Jr.; Isaac Schultz, Jr.; Landon Drake, Jr.
Outlook: Athens struggled through a rebuilding season a year ago, but some of those growing pains could pay off this year with a group of comebacks looking to get closer to 0.500 or beyond in 2022. Senior infielder Jacob Audrey will be a leader from time to time. the diamond. The junior class could be the difference for the Indians, led by pitcher Brock Milam, outfielder Nick Clemens, receiver Isaac Schultz and infielder Landon Drake.
“The core team is forming well with seven returning men of letters and they are determined to move up the league with the help of a hungry freshman class,” Mandoka said.
Coach: Reggie Walters (5th season)
Record 2021: 13-20
Top Feedback: Read Knapp, sr.; Danny Clancy, Sr.; Kofi Ladd-Oliver, Jr.
Outlook: Gull Lake will have a young team with just four seniors. The Blue Devils return to infield starting Read Knapp, receiver Danny Clancy and outfielder Kofi Ladd-Oliver. Senior Nathan Louden sat out last season with an injury but will add immediate help to the pitching staff and roster. Something to look out for is that Gull Lake, traditionally a Division 1 school, will play in Division 2 districts this season.
“We’re thrilled with our balanced roster. We think we have a team that can play defensively, get us 21 outs on the mound and put some twisted numbers on the board,” Walters said.
Coach: Brad Roth (2nd season)
Record 2021: 23-6
Top Feedback: Brady Katz, Sr.; Kane Blater, Jr.; Chase Bryant, Jr.; Luke Butler, Jr.; Carter Harris, Jr.;
Outlook: As the Big 8 champion a year ago, crossing league play at 13-1, Homer has high hopes for similar results with a strong returning group. The Trojans will be led by senior pitcher Brady Katz and a talented junior class that includes Luke Butler, Kane Blatter, Chase Bryant and Carter Harris.
“The expectations are to improve every day to maximize our individual and collective potential. The challenge is to play against the game and what it demands while pushing themselves against our upper limits. This is a group that wants to leave its scoring Homer baseball and that’s exciting for us as coaches,” Roth said.
Coach: Tom Sharpley (season 7)
Record 2021: Interstate 8 Conference Champions; District Champions
Top Feedback: Isaac Stetler, Sr.; Luke Holbrook, Jr.; Killian Bies, Jr.; Jesse Saldana, Jr.; Colton Chaney, Jr.
Outlook: After starting slow with inexperience all over the diamond in 2021, Marshall came together to claim his fifth straight Interstate 8 Conference crown and won a third straight district championship. With a handful of starters, including three Enquirer All-Area selections graduating from this 23-9 team, the Redhawks could be in for a rebuilding season once again. Returning senior pitcher Isaac Stetler was ranked in all leagues a year ago and he will be joined by a strong junior class, led by pitcher/outfielder Luke Holbrook, infielder Killian Bies, outfielder / pitcher Jesse Saldana and outfielder Colton Chaney.
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