Hornets one of contenders for Section 6-1A banner
The Frazee baseball team wants to be a stopper this season, as in stopping New York Mills’ three-consecutive Section 6-1A championship streak.
The Hornets have the ammo to accomplish such an endeavor, with an abundance of experience back and the addition of Tanner Karger, who moved back from Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.
But most of all, the middle of the batting lineup will be tough outs and the pitching depth will be a strength.
“We have a lot of pop in the middle of our lineup and our pitching depth and experience will be a key,” said Frazee first-year head coach Andrew Mekalson.
The Hornet pitching staff will be led by senior returner Cory Wokasch, who will also serve as a top catcher and Frazee’s “best all-around player.”
Senior Grant Overland will be a strong pitcher, as well as catcher and shortstop, while senior Andrew Wendt bolsters the mound staff.
Other pitchers who will add precious innings include sophomore Gunner Hilde, Karger (a senior) and senior Hunter Sorenson.
The Frazee batting order will have good potential to create runs, with Wokasch batting third, Karger clean-up and Wendt in the five spot.
Mekalson started out coaching this year’s senior class as eighth graders, when he was a junior coach, then moved up with them to junior varsity and also has been the assistant varsity coach the last three years.
“We have strong under classmen coming up through the ranks and will keep the upper classmen working hard to keep their starting spots,” Mekalson said.
Assistant coaches include former LP-A head coach Brandon Olson, with junior high coaches being Bryan Gillespie and Ryan Vigen.
The 2014 Frazee baseball schedule:
11-12 at Park Rapids
17 Lake Park-Audubon
24 at Barnesville
28 New York Mills
1 Pelican Rapids
8 at D-G-F
15 at Hawley
16 at Bertha-Hewitt
19 at Sebeka
22 at Menahga