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baseball team has made changes after advancing to last year’s Class 4A
“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
The Trojans will
rely heavily on a talented outfield that returns Tyler Nelson (Indiana
State), Kolton Cardenas (St. Francis) and Krantz.
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.”
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.
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.”