Spring has sprung and that means it’s ‘dinger time’ for the Mishawaka Baseball Team. Seniors- Sam Fry, Hunter Martsolf, Cameron Rice, and Ashten Williams- are leading the Cavemen this year, all of which are looking forward to yet another solid season. Head Coach John Huemmer is still at the reigns. The Cavemen finished last season with a successful 20-8 record, however they finished with a heartbreaking loss during their Sectional opener 9-8.
Also expected to make a big impact on the Varsity level this year are the returning Juniors- Luke Campbell, Luke Shively, Ryan Wroblewski, Joe Howe, Sam Kennedy, and Bryson Stutesman. Both Campbell and Shively started for the Varsity team last year. Shively playing shortstop, while Campbell pitched and also played right field. “We’re all very excited to see how this year will turn out,” states Shively, “last year didn't end the way we wanted it too, and it hurt, but we have been working our tails off already this year. We want to make a run at a State Title.”
A State Title is a possibility for the Cavemen as they return 7 players with past Varsity experience. They will however have to get past arch rival Penn, defending State Champions, led by pitcher Skylar Szynski. When asked about Szynski, Shively commented, “He’s by far the best pitcher in our area no doubt, he’s the type of guy you will see playing for a big league ball club someday, but, he is certainly not unhittable. If you see the right pitch you could send it the other way.”
The Cavemen step up to the plate for the first time this season next Monday at home against the Goshen Redhawks. Go out and support at 5 pm at Baker Park!