For those of you that don’t know, the best time of the year has just started. Baseball season began on February 26, and the boys look like they are going to have a very good season. The first game of the season is on March 14, in Sauget, IL. As of right now, the schedule has 32 games on it.
This year’s team is led by seniors Bryant Horath, Kaleb Whitt, Kolby Pemberton, Noah Kopplin, and Wyatt Vaughn. The juniors are Alek Biggs, Dakota Kuhlman, Dawson Guerrettaz, Grant Schmidt, Jacob Hammer, Jacob Robbins, and Kevin Miller. The smallest class on the team is the sophomores, and that class has Connor Reardon, and Noah Teasley. Freshmen make up a large portion of the team, with them being: Bradin Baucum, Brayden Stuemke, Hunter Cripe, and Kaden Eirhart. Our manager is Tanner Chen, and our coaches are Alan Whitt, Mike Ziegler, Charlie Miller, and Donovan Riley.
In the fall season, the boys managed a 14-7 record. They lost some close games, but they also showed a lot of heart by fighting back from a run deficit.
In order to get an inside look of the team, I interviewed Coach Alan Whitt.
What is your outlook for the season? 20 wins and to compete for state hardware
What goals do you have for this team? To play as a team, and to compete well
Are there any players that are performing way above your expectations? I look for Kolby Pemberton, Kaleb Whitt, Wyatt Vaughn and Noah Kopplin to be leaders and drive this team. I expect the juniors, sophomores and freshman to learn to push for starting jobs.
What words would you use to describe this year’s team? Hardworking, team oriented and full of energy
What teams would you say the boys need the most support for? I do believe we have a very hard schedule and we are going to need support for everyone of them.
Who are your coaching role models and why? Coach [Jim] Schlossnagle from TCU, I have learned so much from his team mentality and approach. Coach [Tim] Corbin from Vanderbilt University, I have taken some of his ideas on building a winning program and tried to install them here. Coach Simmons, retired. He was my baseball and basketball coach in high school. He instilled in me the hardwork and dedication needed to compete.
Being one of the players on the team, I can speak from experience when I say that each and every one of us will give our best effort to represent the Altamont school system in the best way we can. We look forward to representing Altamont this season and everyone is invited to cheer the boys on at each and every game. The schedule is listed on your school calendar, so everyone has access to it!