Aitkin Baseball begins season 2-1
By Kalvin Welle
Posted April 19, 2016
Its that time of year again! Aitkin baseball season has started and has kicked off their season with a record of 2-1. Their first game was against Ogilvie who they beat 18-0. When asked how they played, senior captain Drew Nordean responded, “We played very well. Our pitchers didn’t give up a hit and 18 runs pretty much explains our offense.” They also played Braham on Thursday and beat them 11-5. According to junior second baseman Jack Kuppich, “The team had a very strong start versus Braham and hit a lot of hard balls. The bats are really coming alive.” The team dropped its first contest of the year to Duluth Marshall by a score of 6-1.
The expectations are high of this year’s baseball team as they made it to the section finals last year. With four seniors lost including their two main pitchers Jake Lynn and Nic Bordwell, things may look tough. With that being said, they also gained a lot too. “This year’s team has a bunch of pitchers that can go out and win any game anytime and also has a solid lineup with the number one through nine batters being able to not only hit the ball, but hit it hard,” says Kuppich. Nordean also said “Our pitching rotation is deeper than last year and we have much more powerful hitters and a very smart team.”
One thing that makes the team strong is that they play as one. They are all kind of like a family and have one thing in common which is love for the game of baseball. They also have team bonding sessions which help them become closer as a team.
When asked what this year’s goals were, Nordean responded by saying “We hope to participate in the state tournament but also want to make memories, and become better young men on and off the field.”
Come and support the boys next week Tuesday where they play Isle and on Thursday when they play Pine City, both at home.