Pitching rich, versatile team
Pitching is always the key to any good baseball team. With that in mind, Minneota Coach Keven Larson and assistant J.D. Pesch have helped build a good chance for their Vikings in 2019.
With Sam Buysse, Teddy Pesch, Grady Moorse, Cole Sanow and Landon Rolbiecki all on the team with either varsity, American Legion or Junior Legion experience, Minneota has a good start on the mound on the for the upcoming campaign.
“It looks promising,” Coach Keven Larson said about getting in the first game Monday at Ruthton against RTR.
“Otherwise, we’re fighting the weather.” Of course, so far their biggest enemy has been the weather and prospects of getting onto K. P. Kompelien’s baseball diamond any time soon all depend on how fast the water recedes over the Yellow Medicine River.
After the opener at Ruthon against Russell-Tyler-Ruthton on Monday, April 8, it’s a long shot to expect the home opener on Thursday, April 11 against Lakeview, but all depends on how fast the ball park dries.
Larson is likely to lead with Sam Buysse and Teddy Pesch on the mound with Buysse in centerfield and Pesch in the infield when they are not pitching. Sorensen is the first baseman, Thomas Hennen plays shortstop and can play other positions.
Jaymes Moon returns with catching experience, and coming up this year is Carter Schuelke, who also caught for the Junior Legion last year.
“They’ll probably share the catching duties,” said Coach Larson.
Senior Landon Rolbiecki is playing this year after sitting out last year due to an injury.
“He’ll do some pitching, otherwise he’ll be the designated hitter,” said the coach. Rolbiecki broke his leg in football two years ago and missed the last campaign, but hopes to be a regular in baseball this year.
“We’ve got five or six guys who’ll do the pitching,” said Coach Larson. And Josh Laleman, a senior, holds down the third base spot. A steady third baseman who hopes to improve his hitting.
Cole Sanow will likely fit into an outfield and pitching spot and Walerius can throw, catch and play outfield. Ben Skorczewski is moving into the infield after JV play last year.
He also has done some pitching for the Junior American Legion team. The sophomore group will be needed as well.
Besides Skorczewski, Braeden Panka, who can play second, third or first, is available along with outfielder AJ Myhre. If they have an open spot, it’s likely second base.
“We’ll make this a rotating position, with several who can play there,” said the coach.
With players like Sanow and Moorse, who played a lot of Legion and Jr. Legion ball last summer, comes the ability to move around the diamond as well.
“We’re looking OK. We’ve just been playing the waiting game (due to the weather),” said Coach Larson.