May 18, 2010
Denfeld wins final regular-season meeting
By Rick Weegman
Jordan Verry didn’t treat his future teammates
very nicely Monday.
The Duluth Denfeld junior pitcher tossed a four-hitter
and struck out eight to lead the Hunters to a 4-2 win over host
Duluth Central in the final regular-season baseball meeting between
Verry expects to be a part of the combined Denfeld-Central
program next year as the Duluth school district consolidates from
three public high schools to two. Denfeld will close for renovations
while Central remains open one more year.
“We’re going to have a good team because
we have a lot of returning players and they have a lot of returning
players,” Verry said. “I think it’s going to be
a pretty strong team next year; starting spots are going to be tough
to come by.”
Denfeld only has one senior on its roster, while
Central’s roster lists nine non-seniors on its varsity.
“The Denfeld-Central baseball team has a
very strong future. We had three sophomores starting and Denfeld
had some underclassmen,” said Central coach Greg Anderson,
who is not re-applying for the position when it is opened next month.
“If the new coach is interested, I’ll be more than happy
to give them a rundown of the kids who played here this year.”
Combined with a 6-0 victory last week, the Hunters
(4-8) earned final bragging rights in the series. Now the sides
must put aside any tensions and concentrate on playing as one.
“We’ve talked a lot to come together,
to get over the rivalry part and work together as a team,”
That’s true even if the returning Hunters
end up wearing the Trojans’ colors as might be the case next
“We’ll all out here to play baseball
and it doesn’t matter what color we’re wearing,”
Verry said. “I just love the game, so I’ll wear whatever.”