Patriots just want to play ball

DUNBAR, Wis. – Goodman-Pembine’s varsity baseball team is hoping to finally begin its season this afternoon against visiting Three Lakes.

With nearly a dozen games postponed or cancelled already, the Patriots will get only one pass through the Northern Lakes Conference this spring.

“It’s going to be an interesting season given how short it will be,” Patriots coach Even Neuens said. “Our team needs to just get out and play baseball, but the last two years have been over before they started. Even our returning players have not played that many games at the high school level.

“By the looks of it, most of these guys will have played more football games than baseball games two years in a row. It makes it tough, but we are excited to get out and get some games in as soon as the weather breaks.”

The Patriots will field a relatively young team with only a few key juniors and seniors back. The roster shows five seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and four freshmen. All nine upperlcassmen are returners to the team.

Neuens expected senior Trent Heath and junior Michael Bruce to handle the majority of the pitching.

“They’ll throw most of our innings with some spot appearances by a few other guys,” he said.

The Patriots do bring back three of their top five hitters from a season ago.

“I’m looking forward to our season at the plate,” Neuens said.

Neuens expects the league to be up for grabs, given the short season.

“A loss or two will make all the difference on who comes out on top,” he said.

SENIOR – Tyler Buchner, Trent Heath, Jacob Garrelts, Jevan Lucena, Eddie Danoff.

JUNIOR – Michael Bruce, Randall Bose, TJ Hilkert, Tyler Kalkofen.

SOPHOMORE – Danny Decker, Alex McGeshick.

FRESHMAN – Hunter Lenczuk, Warren Olson, Ben Johnson, Jordan Kalkofen.