River Valley baseball coach Eric Goettsch says his 2012 squad "is still a very young team - but they have experience."
Freshman catcher/pitcher Wyatt Fitch started some at catcher as an 8th grader, as did freshman middle infielder/pitcher Hunter Casey. Sophomore outfielder/pitcher Parker Goettsch and sophomore outfielder/1st baseman/pitcher Mason Alitz started as 8th and 9th grader, while junior third baseman/pitcher Tanner Zahnley played some as a freshman and started as a sophomore; and junior utility player/pitcher Adam Schirmer has been starting since his freshman year.
Senior pitcher/middle infielder Brody Riedemann and senior outfielder Blane Cullen have been starting since their freshman year and, says Goettsch, " I believe Brody played quite a bit as an 8th grader when Kent Bass was the head coach for the Wolverines. These guys have quite a few varsity games under their belts now."
Coach Goettsch lists defense and pitching. as team strengths, and he feels the Wolverines have seven pitchers with great potential.
Returning starters include freshman Hunter Casey, sophomores Parker Goettsch and Mason Alitz, juniors Tanner Zahnley and Adam Schirmer and seniors Brody Riedemann and Blane Cullen. Riedemann was chosen as a 2nd team all conference pitcher last year.
Promising newcomers include freshman catcher Wyatt Fitch and junior 1st baseman Ethan Brown, as well asfreshman catcher and third baseman Jordan Droegmiller and sophomore outfielders Nathan Utesch and Devon Byers.
Goettsch is assisted by assistant coach Sam Lundt.