Dragon baseball finished last season with 10 wins and 10 losses. They lost to Moose Lake Willow River 11-10 in the first round of playoffs. Therefore, one of their goals for this season is to finish with an above .500 record and to win a playoff game.
“The strength of our team will be our pitching,” said head coach Monty Petersen. Returning pitcher/infielder Nick Hansmann will lead the young, inexperienced team.
In addition to Hansmann, Petersen said the squad includes some upperclassmen with experience who will lead the team. Duke Waxberg, Luke Fabini and Gabe Westbrook are three juniors who will play more significant roles this season.
Their major challenge will be an overall lack of experience. “We have many young players who will be stepping into bigger roles for our team,” said Petersen. “We have a number of young athletes who are competing for varsity playing time. One of our keys to success will be how well they step into their new roles.”
Coach Petersen is optimistic about seeing improvement with this new season. “Our keys to success will be pitching and consistently playing our best baseball,” he said.
The Dragons were scheduled to play Barnum on April 4, a double-header versus East Central on April 5, followed by Isle on Tuesday, April 9.
Up next for the Dragons is a match-up today, Thursday, April 11 against Hinckley-Finlayson and a match-up Friday, April 12 against Crosby-Ironton. The following week they will take on Ogilvie on Tuesday, April 16.