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Trojan Baseball opens in Evansville

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By TR HARLAN

Make sure you pick up a roster at the ballpark.

The Chesterton baseball team has made changes after advancing to last year’s Class 4A Semistate.

“We play 10 games in eight days to start the year,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “We added a tournament in Evansville to start the year, so hopefully we’ll get four games under our belt before we open the DAC with Crown Point.

“Everyone is going to get a chance down there.”

The Trojans will be looking at a completely new group, especially on the mound.

“We lost five pitchers and the only people coming back are really Chad Dzierba and Connor Krantz. And they didn’t get a lot of innings,” Campbell said. “I think we have nine pitchers that have been working at it. We have a few ideas, but it’s just coming from what we’ve done inside. We haven’t been outside.

“We’ve got a lot of question marks.”

The Trojans will rely heavily on a talented outfield that returns Tyler Nelson (Indiana State), Kolton Cardenas (St. Francis) and Krantz.

“Our entire outfield is back and they’ll probably be our first three hitters in some order,” Campbell said.

“Tyler is such an incredible athlete. He’s got all five tools that you want on the baseball field. Kolton is right there with him and Connor is too.”

In the infield, the Trojans don’t return an everyday starter, but do have some returners that saw some action.

“We replace the whole infield,” Campbell said. “The guys that were next in line last year got a few chances. They’ve been through it some. It’ll be interesting to see who steps up.”

Offensively, the Trojans will rely on the trio of outfielders and catcher Zach McKenna.

“Zach has always been a good hitter at every level,” Campbell said. “We have several kids that have really hit the ball well inside. Zach along with the outfielders give us some speed on the basepaths. We’ll have to manufacture some things and that’s ok.

“We’re searching for an identity for this team. I’m not sure what it is.”

The Trojan’s past success has inspired this new wave of players as well.

“The success we had last year was great and other kids think they can duplicate it,” Campbell said. “Why can’t we? These guys are all hungry to make their mark. They are really competing in everything and that’s a great thing.”

 

Posted 3/29/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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