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Huskies return seasoned roster
Despite the layer of snow that still covered Palm Field last week, there is plenty of optimism surrounding the St. Anthony Village High School baseball team this spring. The Huskies return a slew of talent from last year’s team that advanced to the section final.
St. Anthony is usually a contender in both the Tri-Metro Conference and Section 4AA and that should be the case again this season.
“These are guys who have played together for a long time,” said St. Anthony head coach Troy Urdahl. “They really do enjoy the game, they have great leadership and they work hard.”
This year’s roster features at least five seniors who will play college baseball next year. Three of them already made college commitments when they signed letters of intent last fall. Zach Siggelkow is headed to St. Cloud State, Bernardy signed with the University of Sioux Falls and Bluth will play at Southwest Minnesota State.
Siggelkow returns as St. Anthony’s top pitcher. He struck out 63 batters in 51 innings of work in 2013, went 6-3 and posted an earned-run average of 1.10. At the plate, he batted .438.
Bluth is back to anchor the catcher position once again after committing only six errors in 26 games. Offensively, he led the team in runs batted in last season with 16.
Bernardy is also a catcher but, with Bluth taking up most of the innings behind the plate, will spend most of his time this spring in the infield and outfield.
Joining Siggelkow and Bluth as senior captains is Aidan Kelly, who missed 10 games because of injury in 2013.
Other players who are back and should figure prominently in the St. Anthony lineup include Justice Spriggs, Chris Schieffer, Talbot Krause, David Deiman and Bennett Wiggins. Spriggs was third on the team in innings pitched last season and didn’t give up an earned run in 29 innings.
Schieffer got a decent amount of playing time in 2013 and improved throughout the season. Krause was the regular first baseman a year ago and is expected to return to that spot this spring. Deiman and Wiggins should occupy some infield spots along with Kelly.
Other pitchers who should figure into the rotation this year are lefties Nick Peterson and Sam Melchior.
The outfield is where St. Anthony got hit hardest by graduation.
The Tri-Metro Conference might look a bit different this year with the departure of some stellar pitchers.
“Last year, I would have argued that our conference has as good a pitching as any in the state, at least at the top,” Urdahl said.
Providence Academy had Ryan Tapani, Minnehaha Academy had John Pryor and St. Paul Academy had Matt Fiedler. All three have moved on to college.
“Some of the big arms graduated,” said Urdahl. “We lost some to graduation too but we bring back a lot of returning players.”
Urdahl expects DeLaSalle and Minnehaha Academy to be strong again this spring and said to watch out for Blake and its crop of pitchers.
St. Anthony opens the season with a pair of games next week. The season opener is April 8 at Pine City and the Huskies also play April 11 at St. Paul Highland Park.
Brian Meyers can be reached at email@example.com.
2014 St. Anthony Village High School baseball schedule
April 8 at Pine City 4:45 p.m.
April 11 at St. Paul Highland Park 4:15 p.m.
April 14 at St. Agnes 7 p.m.
April 21 at Mounds Park Academy 4:30 p.m.
April 23 vs. Minnehaha Academy 4:30 p.m.
April 25 vs. DeLaSalle 7 p.m.
April 28 vs. Concordia Academy 4:30 p.m.
April 30 at Brooklyn Center 4:30 p.m.
May 1 at Fridley 4:15 p.m.
May 2 vs. Cambridge-Isanti 4:30 p.m.
May 5 vs. Breck 4:30 p.m.
May 7 vs. St. Paul Academy 4:30 p.m.
May 9 vs. St. Croix Lutheran 4:30 p.m.
May 9 vs. New Ulm 7 p.m.
May 12 at Providence Academy 7 p.m.
May 14 at Blake 4:30 p.m.
May 15 vs. St. James at Delano 7 p.m.
May 16 vs. TBA at Delano Time TBA
May 17 vs. TBA at Delano Time TBA
May 20 at DeLaSalle 7:05 p.m.