Young Hornet baseball team to learn on the run
From head to toe, the Frazee baseball team has a new look for the 2008 season.
The Hornets have a near full lineup of new players, along with a new head coach in Brian Gillespie.
Youth will be abundant in the Frazee lineup, with just one senior in Justin Hoskins.
"We'll be young," Gillespie said.
"We also have only 14 out, but of those guys, all of them want to be here."
Hoskins will start out leading the way on the mound, bringing the most pitching experience. The Hornets do have up to six players who have experience pitching, with Gillespie filling out a starting rotation of three or four players.
To start the season, Hoskins, Nick Brower and Trevor Tappe will handle the starting pitching duties.
"They throw strikes, so that's good," Gillespie said. "But we have all right-hand throwers and no lefties."
Taylor Karger will start the season at first base while recovering from a knee injury, and then will take over the catching duties.
In the meantime, Matt Viste will start out as the Frazee catcher, then will move to shortstop once Karger is ready.
Gillespie said the Hornets will employ a third-base-by-committee, with Hoskins and junior Corey Overland seeing time at the hot corner.
Sam Oelfke has experience at second base, while the outfield will be manned by Tappe, Hoskins, Overland, Clint Johnson and a host of other players.
"All of the guys have baseball experience and have played since being out of diapers," Gillespie added.
"We will have a lot of new faces and just hope to improve every day."
The Heart O'Lakes Confer-ence will once again be tough, with Gillespie hoping to manufacture runs anyway possible.
"We should be a good contact-hitting team, so I think we'll be able to score some runs," he said.
"The conference is tough and by the end of the season, we want to be competitive in our section."
With the MSHSL adding a class to baseball, Frazee was bumped up to Class 2A and now will be one of the smaller schools in their section.
Section 8-2A includes Brec-kenridge, Detroit Lakes, Dil-worth-Glyndon-Felton, Fergus Falls, Park Rapids, Pelican Rapids, Pequot Lakes, Perham, Roseau, Wadena-Deer Creek, Warroad, Bagley/Clearbrook-Gonvick, West Central, Thief River Falls and Crookston.
"The section is going to be a tough billing with the larger schools in it," Gillespie said.
Gillespie is partaking in his first head coaching job after playing college football for the University of Mary. He is a 2000 graduate of Hutchinson High School and was an assistant coach in baseball at Glenburn, N.D.