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Indians focus on hitting

Wega-Fremont returns all nine starters

By Greg Seubert

A year of experience should help the Weyauwega-Fremont baseball team.

At least that’s what coach Joe Sambs is counting on as his squad gets set for another season in the Central Wisconsin 8 Conference.

“We have all nine starters back from last year,” he said. “Everybody’s a contributor. It’s really nice that we have all nine starters back. I don’t think too many other teams can say that. We’re not losing any defensive pieces, other than a couple pitchers. I think we have guys that can replace them and I think we’ll be better than we were last year.”

Although the Indians will have plenty of players with varsity experience, Sambs knows what will help his team move up in the CWC-8 standings.

“If there was one thing we have to get better on from last year, it’s hitting,” he said. “We lost quite a few games by one or two runs and didn’t score many runs, especially down the stretch. We need to hit better and come up with hits in those chances. We had chances where we had guys on base, we just couldn’t come up with hits to bring them in.

“We’ve been focusing a lot on hitting and that has to get better from last year,” he added. “We had so many sophomores last year that were facing varsity pitching for the first time. It was slower progression than I had hoped for last year, but I like what I’ve seen in the first week of practice. We seem to be getting better with it and it’s looking much better than last year. Time will tell once we start facing some different pitchers in games. We’re trying some new things with hitting and hopefully, it pays off.”

Weyauwega-Fremont’s Logan Bosquez beats Iola-Scandinavia’s Scotty Aasen to the bag during a Central Wisconsin 8 Conference game last year. Bosquez, a three-year starter for the Indians, is back for his senior season. Holly Neumann Photo

Returning players include Logan Bosquez, a four-year starter and a first-team all-conference player last year as a junior.

“He’s an outstanding player and we’re very happy to have had these last four years with him,” Sambs said. “He’s definitely our spark. We’re going to rely on him mostly on the mound and from there, he’s a utility guy that fills in when other guys are pitching. I think he’s played everywhere except maybe catcher. He’s a smart kid and we just kind of plug him in where we need him.”

While the Indians have a solid starting pitcher in Bosquez, several others will see time on the mound.

“I don’t know how much depth we have,” Sambs said. “I know I have three solid guys that I’m confident throwing out there anytime, but after that, we have guys that can throw, but we have to see how they do.”

A pitching rule that goes into effect this season will limit how much time pitchers can pitch. Instead of measuring their work by inning, coaches will have to go by pitch count. The more pitches a pitcher throws, the longer he will have to rest between games.

“I think the biggest thing that’s going to change is how many complete games guys throw,” Sambs said. “I don’t see it affecting us that much. I always get five or six guys ready to pitch all the time. Logan was our only guy to reach 100 (pitches in a game) last year and he only did that once. You can sit and strategize, but it’s going to be game by game.”

The Indians will compete against Amherst, Bonduel, Iola-Scandinavia, Manawa, Pacelli, Shiocton, Wittenberg-Birnamwood in the CWC-8.

“It’s always a tough conference and you have to be ready every game,” Sambs said. “Anybody can beat anybody. They’re all cliches, but they’re all true for our conference. Pacelli and Bonduel, they’re always going to be in the mix for a championship.”

The weather has kept the Indians mostly indoors since practice began March 20, but their nonconference game at New London scheduled for March 28 in New London was still on as of early that morning.

“They called and said their field was ready, so I think we’re going to be heading over there,” Sambs said.

Weyauwega-Fremont 2017 Baseball Schedule

Tuesday, March 28 – at New London, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 30 – at Wild Rose, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4 – vs. Pacelli, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 6 – vs. Reedsville, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 7 – at Winneconne, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 10 – vs. Shiocton, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 11 – vs Algoma, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 18 – vs. Manawa, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 24 – vs. Bonduel, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25 – at Shiocton, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 27 – at Pacelli, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 28 – vs. Wautoma, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 1 – vs. Amherst, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 4 – vs. Waupaca, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, May 5 – vs. Iola-Scandinavia, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 8 – at Manawa, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 11 – vs. Wittenberg-Birnamwood, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 13 – vs. Berlin, North Fond du Lac at Berlin, 10:30 a.m.

Monday, May 15 – at Bonduel, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 18 – at Iola-Scandinavia, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, May 19 – vs. Omro, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 22 – at Amherst, 4:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity
Tuesday, March 28 – at New London, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, March 31 – at New London, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 7 – at Winneconne, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 20 – vs. Wittenberg-Birnamwood, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 24 – at Bonduel, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 27 – vs. Wittenberg-Birnamwood, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 1 – at Wittenberg-Birnamwood, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 4 – at Waupaca, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, May 5 – vs. Iola-Scandinavia, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 11 – at Wittenberg-Birnamwood, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, May 12 – at Pacelli, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 15 – vs. Bonduel, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, May 19 – at Omro, 4:30 p.m.


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