Versatility will be a strength for Hornet baseball
Although the Frazee baseball team returns seven out of nine starters from last year's Section 8-1A runner-up team, the two holes left are rather large.
The Hornets will have some space to fill on their starting pitching rotation, as Matt Brower and Brandon VanWatermulon were top aces through the 2011 season.
"We did lose some key players, but I feel we have some very good depth," said Frazee head coach Dustin Geiser. "We're going to have some good players who won't be starting varsity, and that's a good problem to have."
The pitching staff will have up to six hurlers to fill the rotation. Although they won't have those shutdown aces like Brower and VanWatermulon, they will be deep with good experience.
"We do have lots of innings returning and they all did a good job last year," Geiser said.
Those who will be depended on to eat up innings and throw strikes this season include seniors Jacob Galbrecht, Hayden Hoskins, junior Jordan Ketter, sophomores Andrew Wendt and Grant Overland.
The Hornets will need all those pitchers the first week of the season, with five games scheduled. After that, it lightens up a bit with an average of three to four games a week.
"Having this deep a rotation is a luxury to have," Geiser added.
The Frazee lineup in the field and at the plate looks to be deep, as well. The keys offensively will be "doing the small things right."
"That means baserunning, bunting and having quality at-bats," Geiser said.
As far as the defense goes, Geiser said he has a bunch of versatile players, who can basically play any position when called upon.
That versatility will make each game a different lineup.
"We have a lot of athletic kids and the lineup will be different in every game," the Frazee coach said. "We have up to half a dozen players who can play all the positions."
Frazee will have two solid catchers in junior Tyler Wacker and Galbrecht, while Ketter and Hoskins will see time at shortstop when not pitching.
"Their glove work is phenomenal," Geiser noted.
Geiser will depend on his six seniors to lead the team and keep the squad focused and be ready to play every game.
"Focus will be our top priority," Geiser included. "After making it to the section finals last year, it's a realistic goal to make it back there this season."
The 2012 Frazee baseball schedule:
10 Lake Park-Audubon
13-14 at Park Rapids Tournament
19 at Hawley
27 Ottertail Central
3 Pelican Rapids
8 Pine River-Backus
10 at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
11 New York Mills
17 at Menahga
18 at Bertha-Hewitt
22 at Sebeka