Hill-Murray looking to contend for CSC baseball title

The Hill-Murray baseball nine is going to have to rely on one of their preseason strong points if they are going to repeat as the Classic Suburban Conference championships.

Fortunately for them pitching is one of those strong points of which the Pioneers are blessed. 

A year ago the Pioneers topped the field in the CSC with a record of 14-2.  They went on to claim the Section AAA title and moved onto the State Tournament where they finished as the consolation champions. 

“One thing we are going to have to improve on and that is to gain experience quickly,” coach Lechner continued. ”We have some first year (varsity) starters at a few key spots. We will need some ‘on the job’ training.

The weather this spring will definitely be a factor in what we can do in this jammed up schedule. We will see how quickly we improve and gain experience.” 

Another factor that could aid the Pioneers in their quest for continued success is the return and the consistency of their coaching staff. In addition to Lechner returning, they will also have back as assistants Charlie Cicalello and Tom Quinlan. 

The Pioneers do not have captains, instead, coach Lechner cited the entire roster of Hill-Murray players. In alphabetical order, those players are: Eric Austin, Alex Eayers, Tyler Funk, Lucas Glomb, Luc Henke, Nick Jungbauer, Quinn Malone, Brandon McGrane, Zach Mills, Travis Neubeck, Alex Ogren, Jake Olson, Gabe Ranweiler, Andrew Traeger and Alex Young.

When coach Lechner responded to the request for a preview on the upcoming season, the Pioneers had not played a game as a result of the late spring season. Then, when asked about CSC possible favorites, he responded, “Hopefully we will battle our conference to  be able to stay on top of the conference. Right now we are (as of April 25) all 0-0. We are all undefeated.” 

The CSC baseball coaches met recently to rearrange their schedules and every team will be plagued with double header (DH) games. Additionally, there will be no non conference games scheduled.

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