Tim Moyer expects to be taking fewer trips to the mound this season, since he says pitching is the Sheboygan A’s strength.
“We have everybody back, plus we have a bunch of new guys that are going to really contribute,” the manager said. “We’re going to be good this year, pitching-wise.
“It’s way easier when you know you’ve got guys that can give you six or seven innings. It’s easier to manage, too, when you know that if they give up two runs early, that’s not a big deal, because they might only allow three all day. And we can take our time and take our chances to score.”
Sheboygan, which opens its season Saturday, returns pitchers who accounted for 31 of the squad’s 32 wins and 484 of its 510 strikeouts a year ago.
Jared Reklaitis (voted as the team’s most valuable pitcher), Brad Rindfleisch, Eric Schmitz and Joey Pettit did most of the damage, and a couple of newcomers will also contribute.
South Dakota State’s Blake Kuhn is a big, hard thrower who spent his first three years in college playing football.
Jonah Landowski, who won five of his first seven decisions for Marian this season, joins the roster after playing for Green Bay last year.
Offensively, as many as six of Sheboygan’s top 10 hitters from a year ago return.
Infielder and reigning team MVP Harry Steldt led the A’s with a .338 batting average, 68 hits, 11 homers, 50 runs and 48 runs batted in.
Other key returners are outfielders Jacoby Endreas and Ross Krist, and infielders Jimmy Juergensen, Jacob Neese, Joey Pettit, Bennet Becker and Cooper Gosse.
“If we just play good baseball this year, our record is going to look a lot better,” Moyer said.
“Because I think overall our team is going to be better. Last year, for some reason, we didn’t put it together.”
Sheboygan also hopes to have the services of infielder Ryan Blanchard, who was hitting .379 (as of last week) for Feather River Community College in California.
He is committed to open the season with the Wisconsin Woodchucks of the Northwoods League and could possibly stay there for the summer.
“That’s a scary thought,” Moyer said. “If he’s as good as I think he is, they might keep him.”
Other reasons to visit Wildwood
Promotions are still coming together, but a few have already been penciled in: magnet schedule (Saturday), Plymouth Dirt Track Racing Night (June 2), Touch a Truck Night (July 13), Salute to Service (July 16) and Christmas in July (the 20th).
Also, all Sunday home dates are a Meijer Family Day, where kids get to run the bases after the game, get player autographs, and there will be specials at the concession stands.
And the Budweiser Backstop seat is now beverage and snack inclusive.
Each ticket comes with two free beverage vouchers and snacks.
21: Manitowoc, 11:00; Appleton, 3:00. 22: TBD; 25: at Kewaskum, 7:30. 28: Chicago (DH), 5:00. 29: Chicago (DH), 1:00. 31: at Green Bay, 7:30.
1: at Manitowoc, 7:30. 2: West Allis, 7:30. 4: at Burlington (DH), 4:00. 5: at West Allis (2), 12:00. 6: at Menasha; 7:30; 8: at Appleton, 7:30; 9: at Kewaskum, 7:30. 11: Kenosha, 11:00 & Addison, 5:00. 12: Lombard, 3:00. 13: Branch, 7:30. 14: at Green Bay, 7:30. 15: Menasha, 7:30. 16: Burlington, 7:30. 18: at Kenosha (DH), 3:00. 19: Kenosha (DH), 1:00. 21: Appleton, 7:30. 22: Kewaskum, 7:30. 23-26: at West Bend Tournament. 28: Green Bay, 7:30. 30: West Allis, 7:30.
5: Green Bay, 7:30. 6: at Appleton, 7:30. 7: Manitowoc, 7:30. 9: at Lombard (DH), 4:00. 10: at Lombard (DH), 1:00. 12: Menasha, 7:30. 13: Kewaskum, 7:30. 14: West Allis, 7:30. 16: Burlington (DH), 5:00 18: at Menasha, 7:30. 19: Green Bay, 7:30; 20: Appleton, 7:30. 23: Addison (DH), 5:00. 24: Addison (DH), 1:00. 25: at Appleton (NEWBL Classic), 7:30; 26: at Menasha, 7:30 (Classic). 27: at Green Bay (Classic).
2-4: WSL State Qualifier Tournament. 6-7: Class A State Tournament in Appleton.
2 Ryan Blanchard
3 Brady Zackrisen
5 Sam Hernandez
7 Josh Moses
8 Eric Schmitz
9 Caleb Lorbecki
10 Mac Doherty
11 Bennett Becker
12 Colin Butkliewicz
13 Jonah Landowoski
14 Jonathan Kim
15 Gus Walker
16 Mark Wanner
17 Jacob Neese
18 Hunter Steger
19 Harry Steldt
20 Jared Reklaitis
21 TJ Roberts
23 Riley Palmquist
24 Cole Miklavcic
25 Joey Pettit
27 Cooper Gosse
28 Justin Schnell
29 Sage Stellmacher
30 Bryce Lovisa
32 Jimmy Juergensen
33 Elliott Danhoff
37 Jackson Schmitz
39 Jacoby Endreas
40 Dylan Davis
41 Davis Wilson
42 Brad Rindfleisch
43 Ethan Scherg
44 Dawson Salvoski
47 Blake Roach
48 Ryan Traas
49 Noah Imrie
50 Blake Kunz
Manager: Tim Moyer
Coaches: Mike Schubert,