Raptors Sport 8 Letterman in 2020
HOLSTEIN - A year ago, Ridge View fielded a young and inexperienced team.
Not this summer as Raptor head coach Shannon Tesch welcomes eight lettermen returnees to the diamond for this COVID-19 shortened 2020 season.
The Raptors opened the new slate on Monday at Kingsley against an always tough Kingsley-Pierson club.
Overall last summer, the Raptors compiled a 4-22 record while going 3-13 in the Western Valley Conference. “We had a lot of young, new faces in the varsity lineup last year,” noted Tesch. “But now those kids have a year of experience and I see them being more comfortable in their roles, playing with more confidence.”
Returning lettermen back to bolster the Raptors lineup are all-conference honorable mention talent Dylan Wood, a senior outfielder. He will be joined by two junior lettermen hurlers in Caleb Kistenmacher and Jacob Brickman.
Wood is the team’s leading hitter back this summer, finishing the 2019 campaign with a .333 batting average, which was third best behind graduating seniors Austin Degen (.391) and Karlo Weldon (.344).
Degen led the Raptors last year in several statistical categoriesand garnered several accolades. Deign was a Western Valley Conference all-league selection, an all-district pick and Class 1A second team all stater who was credited with strong defensive skills at first base along with being the Raptors top hitter.
Other lettermen returnees are sophomores Cade Harriman, Tyler Kolpin and Aiden Martin along with freshmen Cael Myrtle and Tracin Price. Other returnees expected to help the Rators are juniors Bo Clausen, Brecken Conover and Kole Winkel, along with sophs Brady Clausen and Connor Naberhaus.
Martin was the fourth best Raptors hitter last season with a .328 average and was the third best RBI guy with 15.
On the mound, Brickman returns with a 4.83 earned run average (ERA), while Kistenmacher had a 6.00 ERA last year. Price and Harriman also will see some mound action for the Raptors.
A notable absence from the lineup along with Degen and Weldon is the team’s leading hurler, junior Logan Gross, who started nine games for the Raptors. Gross decided not to go out for baseball this season after leading his team on the mound with 39 strikeouts, while Kistenmacher followed with 24 and Brickman 21 K’s on the year.
“I think pitching is a concern for every team, including us,” said Tesch. “Will we have enough arms that can consistently throw skies and gets outs? questioned the Raptor boss. “We have a number of players who can throw, but we still have a fairly young pitching staff. Consistency will be the key.”
According to Tesch, the WVC will again be tough picking Woodbury Central, Kingsley-Pierson, MVAOCOU, Lawton-Bronson and OABCIG as the top tier clubs. “Our goal is to be right in there with them,” he added.
RAPTOR BASEBALL SCHEDULE
(home game at Holstein, unless noted otherwise)
June 15 - Ridge View at Kingsley-Pierson, 5:30p.m.
June 17 - Ridge View at West Monona, 5:30p.m.
June 19 - MVAOCOu at Ridge View, 5:30p.m.
June 22 - Ridge View at Lawton-Bronson, 5:30p.m.
June 24 - River Valley at Ridge view, 5:30p.m.
June 26 - Ridge View at Woodbury Central, 5:30p.m.
June 29 - East Sac at Ridge View in Early, 5:30p.m.
June 30 - Newell-Fonda at Ridge View in Early, 5:30p.m.
July 1 - OABCIG at Ridge View, 5:30p.m.
July 3 - Westwood at Ridge View, 5:30p.m.
July 6 - WVC Tourney (TBD)
July 7 - WVC Tourney (TBD)
July 9 - Ridge View at Storm Lake, 5:15p.m.
July 11 - Postseason Tourney begins, first round, TBD
July 14 - Postseason Tourney, second round, TBD
July 18 - District Finals, TBD
July 21 - Substate Finals, TBD
July 24-Aug. 1 - State Tourney, Des Moines