THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Six Seniors Expected To Lead Marinette
Baseball success for the Marinette Marines will depend on a group of six seniors, who are expected to carry the load in 2013.
After putting together a 16-10 readout last year and 10-6 in the Bay Conference, coach Dave Francour and company will rely on those six returning letterwinners.
Looking to make a mark on the ball diamonds for their senior campaign are infielder/ pitcher Ty Bebo and Jake McMahon, shortstop Derek Klegin, pitcher/outfielder Austin Wright along with outfielders Quentin Ellie and Nathan Kallestad.
Pitching and defense will be our strengths while we have to overcome a lack of offense, said Francour, who is entering his 25th year in the Marinette program and 9th as a head coach.
Joining Francour in the dugout at the varsity level will be Andy Walters, John LaCourt, Dave Klegin and Shawn McMahon.
While those six seniors will make up the bulk of the team, a half dozen juniors are also expected to make an impact. Third baseman/pitcher Aaron Benson, second sacker Alex Servatius, first baseman Jacob Swenson, catcher Cody Tessmer and outfielders Ryan Cruz and Tanner Russell.
Nine seniors, who played key roles in last years success, have graduated and Francour must find replacements. Gone are Scott Eldredge, Austin Belonga, Charlie Klumb, Aaron Pettit, Luke Kelly, Joey Brosig, Max Hipke, Maxx Katzbeck and Calvin Michiels.
According to Francour, Hortonville and West DePere will be the teams expected to battle it out for Bay honors.
Mother Nature will put a damper on the early portion of Marinettes season as snow will postpone a pair of home games...Thursdays against Peshtigo and April 2 clash with Norway. The Marines are scheduled to host Oconto Falls in the Bay opener on Thursday, April 4.