Mar. 24, 2008
High school baseball has hit the Northland
By Matt Suoja and Alex Mehlin
With the temperature rising, the anticipation for another high school
baseball season is in the air.
Despite going 4-16 last season, Denfeld Hunters
head coach Dan DuPay sees a lot of potential with his team.
“Seeing the team come together, at times,
to play flawless baseball (was one of the highlights from last season),”
he said. “The team played very well against Virginia, and
I could tell that the light bulb switched on over their heads and
they finally got it.”
Helping lead the way on this year’s team
will be senior first baseman Brad Skurich, junior pitcher and infielder
Nick Moran, senior pitcher and third baseman Zach Johnson, sophomore
outfielder Josh Benson, senior pitcher and outfielder Ben Hayes
and senior pitcher and infielder Peter Andreiko.
They will try to make up for the loss of players
like Ian Jensen, Anthony Bautista, Alex Bushey and Derek Anderson.
“We are young; however, there are some pleasant
surprises each year when a player steps up big for their teammates,”
DuPay said. “These are the moments we want to expect and accept
as a normal occurrence each and every game. At some point, every
player is put into a position to rise to the challenge. We want
to establish a mindset that the players meet those challenges and
give themselves a chance at memories that will last them a lifetime.”