Pitching Will Be Key In Braves 2018 Baseball Season
Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:43am
The Council Groves Braves Baseball season is ready to begin on March 27 against Marion. Coach Matt Wilkens says that pitching will be a big difference maker this season.
"We return several pitchers this year with varsity pitching experience, and several of those returning pitchers could be dominant pitchers this year if they can consistently throw strikes," said Coach Wilkens. "We currently have two pitchers throwing over 80 mph, with two or three more on their heels."
Wilkens explained that hitting was down last year, but that many players participated in summer baseball and did extra work during the winter to help improve their hitting.
"Hopefully, that shines through this season," said Wilkens.
Wilkens said there are several young players he hopes can step into varsity roles during the season and hopes that some of them can contribute in the infield and on the pitching staff. Wilkens also said he was excited for the community to see the upgrades that are being worked on at the baseball field.
Branton Tischhauser, Ty Salas, Dedric Frese, Carter Finch and Jacob Ziegenhirt are the returning letterman for the Braves and look to lead the team to victory this season. Finch started at 3rd base in 2017 and made 2nd team All-League, along with an All-State honorable mention. Finch stole 14 bases during the season, a team high, as well as leading with a .387 batting average. Jacob Ziegenhirt started at 3rd base last year, but transitioned to pitching and went 2-3 with a 3.76 ERA. Ty Salas started at first base in 2017 and earned 2nd team All-League honors, as well as All-State honors. Salas went 2-2 last year and had a 3.2 ERA, as well as a .345 batting average.
Freshman: Corbyn Miller, Isaac Buchman, Gabe Reichart, Matt Maas, Ethan Craig, Kane Kormanik, Phillip Neuhaus.
Sophomore: Ashton Nelson, Caleb Tomlinson, Brandon Meadors, Jagger Elstun, Peyton Tischhauser, Jeric Heath.
Junior: Trey Fetters, Tyson Chizek, Bo Kraus, Dedric Frese, Jaron Lewis.
Senior: Carter Finch, Sam Kirk, Alvin Holmes, Dominic Stover, Jacob Ziegenhirt, Rollie McClatchey, Branton Tischhauser, Ty Salas.
3/26 JV vs Marais des Cygnes Valley
3/27 at Marion
3/29 at Osage City
4/2 JV at Clay Center
4/3 home vs Northern Heights
4/5 JV at West Franklin
4/6 home vs West Franklin
4/9 home vs Wichita Independent
4/12 at Central Heights
4/13 JV vs Haven
4/16 JV at Marion
4/19 JV at Wamego
4/20 home vs Lyndon
4/24 home vs Chapman
4/26 JV vs Burlington
4/27 home vs Chase County
5/3 home vs Mission Valley