Ridge View coach Tesch likes his team's chances
HOLSTEIN - According to Ridge View baseball coach Shannon Tesch, the Raptors are excited for the baseball season.
"Experience is a definite strength of ours. We return nine letterwinners from last year's team. That varsity experience should pay off in the final innings of games.
Members of the 2012 Ridge View baseball team include, front row, left to right, Grant Anderson, Peyton Boyle, Ryan Cougill, Joe Kenny, Kyle Schiernbeck, Colt Wandrey, Aaron Cuthrell, Josh Gross, Noah Frahm. Second row, Jonah Kistenmacher, John Kofmehl, Kyle Mentzer, Jesus Nava, Logan Richard, Brian Stamp, Tristin Stibbens, Zach Tokheim. Third row, Nick Babcock, Ryan Garthoff, Daniel Jeckell, Mason Johnson, Henry Sippel, Michael Tiefenthaler, Matt Wandrey, Michael Currie, Michael Davidson, Nicholas Gross, Dru Kenny, Dillon Kunneke. Back, Coach Dale Tokheim, Coach Brian Hoeppner, Austin Struchen, Kris Alesch, Chris Brosamle, Heath Clark, Austin Graff, Travis Hoeppner, Seth Johnson, Kyle Wessling, Coach Shannon Tesch. Absent, Reuben Delao.
"Pitching is a strength. We don't necessarily have guys that will blow the ball by you, but we do have a number of pitchers who keep the ball low, change speeds, and hit spots. We return most of our pitching staff from last year.
"Depth will be a strength. I think we have around 15 players who could step into a varsity position and do a great job. That depth has led to some great competition for spots in practice.
"Our defense and hitting will need to improve from last year. We were average in both areas. With the work we've been putting in, we will be a good defensive and offensive team.
"Our team has been very focused in practice this year. The players have set some lofty goals for our team, and they are working with a purpose to achieve those goals. If we play as a team with focus and consistency, I see us competing for a Western Valley Conference championship."