Raiders to be senior-laden for 2010 season
With some good experience and talent coming back for the 2010 season, the Lake Park-Audubon baseball team is confidently looking to surpass their four-win mark from a season ago.
The Raiders will be strong in some vitals areas, including pitching, catching and just the overall defense.
The potential improvement will be led by first-year head coach Brandon Olson, who is a 2000 Detroit Lakes graduate.
"Our defense should be a strong point this season," Olson said. "As a group, they are here to win and be competitive."
The Raiders will be senior-laden, with 11 upperclassmen out -- and most of them have been playing varsity since LP-A picked baseball up again over five years ago.
Jesse Wixo will be one of the most experienced players back and will run the pitching staff from the catching position.
He will have some seasoned hurlers to catch, with senior Tyler Mickelson being LP-A's ace, followed by senior Chad Dehler.
Senior Caleb Lunde will anchor the bullpen, while seniors Jake Lunde and Dan Binde will provide solid depth on the mound.
"Most of these guys are third-year varsity players, too," Olson added.
Defensively, the Raiders will be seasoned.
Caleb Lunde returns at shortstop and has the ability to twist the double plays, while Binde will hold down the second base position, along with sophomore Wyatt Wixo.
Dehler will man the hot corner at third, making the infield as solid as it has been in LP-A yet.
The outfield will also be athletic and quick, with Jake Lunde anchoring it in centerfield, with Wyatt Wixo taking either right or left field positions.
"We'll still need a few games to see where everything plays out," Olson added. "But these guys have expectations to be above the .500 mark this year."
The Raiders also will be playing in the Pine to Prairie Conference for the first time.
They open their season Thursday, with a home game against Norman County East in Audubon, starting at 4:30 p.m.
Lake Park-Audubon baseball 2010 schedule:
8 Norman County East
26 at Norman County East
27 at Ada-Borup
4 at Frazee
11 at Win-E-Mac
13 at Fosston
21 at Verndale
27 at Mahnomen/Waubun