Hornets set up to defend HOL crown
The stage is set for the Frazee baseball team to defend its Heart O'Lakes Conference championship, as plenty of Hornets return from last year's team.
The Hornets return four seniors and six starters off the HOL title team, along with good depth.
"We've never had as good as depth as we have this year," said first-year head coach Dustin Geiser. "We have a lot of good role players who will be competing for positions in practice. No job will be given out this year."
That includes a deep pitching rotation, which keyed Frazee's run last season.
Seniors Brandon VanWatermulon, Matt Brower and junior Jacob Galbrecht all return as key pitchers.
Behind them will be junior Cody Piper, sophomores Jordan Ketter and Tyler Wacker, providing crucial depth on the mound.
"We have a couple of lights out pitchers and just good balance," Geiser said. "These guys are also flexible."
Behind the pitchers will also be some solid defense, with the catcher position pretty deep, as well.
Wacker, along with Class 1A state champion in wrestling Cody Sorenson and Galbrecht will secure the catching duties.
"They are all good athletes," Geiser said. "It's good to have a surplus at catcher."
The infield returns plenty of good experience and talent in Ketter, Brower, VanWatermulon, Galbrecht, Dan Janu, Sorenson and junior Hayden Hoskins.
The outfield will be a bit more youthful, with senior Brady Breitenfeldt, Wacker and Logan Dahlgren seeing time there.
"The one thing this team is, is versatile," Geiser said. "We'll rarely have the same nine starting each game."
The Hornets also will be pretty potent with their bats, which will possess both power and speed.
With plenty of experience back and a deep team, confidence is there for the Hornets, but not overconfidence.
"Baseball is such a hard sport to predict," Geiser said. "But if we can play ball like we are capable of, we could be playing deep into June."
The Hornets will be at Lake Park-Audubon Tuesday, April 12, to open the season, while their home opener isn't until Tuesday, May 3, when they host Bertha-Hewitt.
The 2011 Frazee baseball schedule:
12 at Lake Park-Audubon
15-16 Park Rapids Tourney
19 at Pelican Rapids
26 at New York Mills
28 at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
12 at Hawley
17 West Central
20 at Perham
26 at Ottertail Central
31 Section playoffs
2 Section playoffs at New York Mills
6 Section finals at Fergus Falls.