by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
The Spectrum baseball team managed a 7-6 record in its first year of operation last spring and the Sting hope to build on that in 2014.
“Having a winning record was a big accomplishment for a first-year program that had 21 boys come out,” said coach Kurt Remick. “Our second year looks to be even better with 35 players trying out for a varsity and a JV team.”
New this year: Spectrum will move from Class 1A and 2A in the same section as Zimmerman.
“Spectrum will have to step it up,” said Remick.
Also new: the Sting will have their own ball park this year, located in their corner of the Spectrum Sports Complex that opened last fall. Last year, they played at Nowthen’s field.
Top returning hitters are senior Tristen Rosby (.333, 10 RBI, 17 runs), junior Christian Rieck (.333) and sophomores Ryan Pribnow (.326) and Thomas Ogren (.286).
Other seniors are Joey Chaffin and Evan Emmel. Rieck is the lone junior. Other sophomores include Connor Hansen and Trent Waite. Rounding out the lineup will be last year’s JV players and some newcomers, said Remick.
Among the graduates were both pitchers from the 2013 team so new arms will have to emerge.
The Sting are scheduled to open at Litchfield on Thursday. Their scheduled home opener is the fifth game on the schedule against North Lakes Academy on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m.