February 28, 2017 - 11:26 pm
Head coach: Robert Reese, fifth season
2016 record: 28-7 (14-0 Division I-A Sunrise, first)
Returning lettermen (starters): Nine (two)
Top players: P/IF Jacob Hubel (Sr.), C/OF Kodey Rahr (Sr.), 1B Aaron Kehoe (Sr.), DH/1B Preston Van Diest (Sr.), Noah Higgins (Sr.), D.J. Reese (Jr.), Anthony Pacifico (Jr.), Teddy Lobkowicz (Jr.), Nolan Herr (Jr.), Rhett Armstrong (Jr.)
Outlook: Last year’s Division I-A state champions will have a drastically different lineup this year after seven starters graduated.
“Most might feel it’s a rebuilding year,” Robert Reese said. “We don’t feel that way. We have a lot of juniors that have just been waiting their turn for a varsity spot. This is their year to step up and fill those vacancies, and I think they are ready.”
Rahr (.420, 10 doubles, 30 RBIs), Kehoe (.406, 14 RBIs) and Van Diest (.415, 11 RBIs) should be among the leaders on offense. Hubel (4-3, 4.79 ERA) is back on the mound.
“We have leadership at the top with Hubel and Rahr,” Robert Reese said. “They both played outstanding down the stretch for us, and they know what is expected of them. Hubel is coming off a postseason run on the mound, going 2-0 with a win in the state championship game, so he will be our guy on the mound. Kodey Rahr will be our leader behind the plate and with a bat.”