Prep baseball: Lincoln to rely on catcher Spurney

Prep baseball: Lincoln to rely on catcher Spurney

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Prep baseball: Lincoln to rely on catcher Spurney

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Coach: Dennis Vogel, 10th year

Last year: Tied for third in the Olympian Conference (15-9, 8-8 OC)

Returning letter winners: Wesley Pautz, sr.; Logan Koss, sr.; Austin Achter, sr.; Jared Patek, jr.

Outlook: The team has worked hard in the offseason and shown improvement early on in practice. Pitching depth will be a strength but experience is limited. The Jets are young but with game experience Vogel hopes they can be conference contenders.

Manitowoc Lincoln

Coach: Bruce Steinbecker, 10th year

Last year: Fifth in the Fox River Classic Conference (13-16, 11-11 FRCC)

Outlook: The team’s strength is its pitching and hitting while its weaknesses are its defense and experience, as evident by having no returning letter winners. Steinbecker said the team will be hard-working and will improve each day. He is looking to last year’s second team All-FRCC senior catcher Nick Spurney for leadership.

Manitowoc Lutheran

Coach: Dave Uhlhorn, 11th year

Last year: Sixth in the Olympian Conference (14-11, 7-9 OC)

Returning letter winners: David Menk, sr.; Peter Menges, sr.; Ryan LeClair, sr.; Garrett Buch, sr.; Marshall Stanelle, sr.; Jared Muench, jr.

Outlook: The team brings back a lot of experience this season after its playoff run last year. A solid group of juniors will replace the seniors that graduated in May with hitting being an area the team will look to improve upon as the season progresses. Uhlhurn thinks the OC will be as competitive as ever, with St. Mary Central and Wrighstown having good squads, but good pitching in makeup games could be the key to a title this season.

Mishicot

Coach: Zach Sand, third year

Last year: 10th in the Olympian Conference (4-26, 2-16 OC)

Returning letter winners: Kyle Haskell, sr.; Derek Hlinak, sr.; Derek Cornils, jr.; Jeff Stueck, jr.; Tanner Orth, so.; Weston Cracraft, so.

Outlook: Haskell and Stueck will be the team’s top pitchers and provide depth at the position. A lot of new players will play new positions, so gaining experience this season will be critical.

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