Mudhens preparing for season
Pitching is always hard to find and last year Danny Hennen was again the workhorse on the mound for the Minneota Mudhens amateur team. The team is expected to have a few more hurlers for the upcoming season.
"We lost a couple of pitchers, but I think we will actually have more pitching depth this year than we did last year," said player/manager Tyson Sonnenburg.
Hennen is coming off a solid year and is still expected to be the main hurler again, but he may not have to throw as many innings as he did a year ago.
The Mudhens open the season on Saturday, April 30 at Pipestone in a non-league game. The full 2022 schedule has not yet been completed.
The team has yet to get outdoors to practice but has been working out in the batting cages in the high school gym.
The Mudhens have 14 players on their roster at this time but may add a few more as the opener draws near and more college players return home.
Also back from last year's team besides Hennen and Sonnenburg will be Austin Buysse, Brock Buysse, Alex Pohlen, Brad Liebfried, Grady Moorse, Tate Walerius, Austin DeVlaeminck, AJ Myhre, Peyton Gillund and Everett Van Hecke.
New to the team this year will be Ben Skorczewski, Cooper VanOverbeke and Jacob Hennen.
"After Danny, we can use Jacob Hennen (Danny's younger brother), Grady Moorse (the only left-hander among the pitching corps), AJ Myhre and a couple others," said Sonnenburg.
Not expected to return this season is Preston Nuy, Zach Nuy, Jake Leighton and Landon Rolbiecki. Zach Nuy was used as the top reliever and Preston Nuy was a spot starter and infielder. Leighton, who played collegiately for Augustana, was the starting shortstop and No. 2 hitter. Rolbiecki was a reserve outfielder.
"Baseball is so different year to year," said Sonnenburg.
"We could move Austin (Buysse) from third base to shortstop, but we have to see who can play third. Or if we leave Austin at third, we'll try some different players are shortstop."
The Mudhens are also considering some things to entertain the fans between innings or during the seventh-inning stretch this summer.
Now the weather needs to warm up so the Mudhens can get outside to see what type of a team they will have this season.