By Missy Klatt
BOYCEVILLE — After only losing two starters to graduation the Bulldogs will start their season with a number of experienced players. The two lost were James Palmer and Micadin Kahl who were both three year starters for Head Coach Michael Roemhild.
Roemhild states that “those two have been my number one pitcher and catcher since their sophomore year. In James we will be losing our number one pitcher and in Micadin we will be losing our catcher and leadoff hitter. Not only that, we will be missing their knowledge of the game of baseball.”
Last year the Bulldogs ended the season with a 9-11 record. The highlight of their season was probably beating state ranked EC Regis in the second round of playoffs and then losing to Elk Mound by only one run in the Regional Championship game.
Those making the All Conference team last year were: James Palmer- 1st team, Luke Knudtson- 2nd team and Cooper Boesl- honorable mention.
With seven varsity starters returning and a strong freshman class, the Bulldogs are looking to have a successful season. Roemhild states the seniors, Bryce Boda, Cooper Boesl, Luke Knudtson and Kyle Holden have either started for me or had significant playing time for me since their freshman year. He looks to them to make their offense more explosive. He also comments that Bryce and Cooper are looking to help out with pitching this year. Jayson Gonzales is another senior who was new last year but started for the Dawgs and turned into a very good second baseman. Jaden Reismer is a junior who has been starting in right field since he was a freshman. Brady Nye is another junior who pitched some last year and is looking to get more innings this season. Sophomore, Brendan Sempf, was the starting short stop last year. His strength is also to get on base and use his speed.
As for that freshman class, Roemhild states that they are very experienced. “What I mean by that is that they have played a lot of baseball growing up and know the game.” He says that there are seven freshman out who are all looking to earn a spot on the varsity squad and the nicest thing is that there are a handful that can play multiple positions.
Roemhild is excited with the depth of his team this year stating that “by the start of the season I think I will have about 13 guys who are capable of starting in some area or another for the team. This is something new.” He goes on to say that “we will have competition throughout the whole year for people to earn a spot.”
As for team weaknesses, Roemhild cites producing runs and pitching. He goes on to say that he hopes he is proven wrong with both of these categories. “Our offense has improved each year, but we were never explosive enough to put a team away. This year in order to be successful we need to be explosive.” As far as pitching Roemhild stated that Palmer did most of the pitching for the last three years and he is hoping that once the season starts that he will have one or two guys that can claim the role as starting pitcher or maybe even five guys that can pitch. He’s hoping for the latter.
Coach Roemhild states that he has only one statistical goal for the team and that is the win. He goes on to say the stats are great for the individual but don’t mean much if your team can’t generate wins. He goes on to say “we will take it one game at a time, and try to win that game we are playing.”
As for the competition this year, Roemhild thinks that Elk Mound and Durand will be tough, they were both at the top of the conference and in sectionals last year.
This is Roemhild’s fourth year coaching Bulldog baseball. He has an overall record of 26-35.
Seniors: Bryce Boda, Luke Knudtson, Jayson Gonzales, Cooper Boesl, Kyle Holden
Juniors: Jaden Reisimer, Brady Nye, Arthur Bia, Erick Loback
Sophomores: Brenden Sempf, Austin Hatfield
Freshmen: Walker Retz, Trevor Hollister, Connor Sempf, Trett Joles, Brady Helland, Cole Morrissette, Nick Litomsky