Young Resorters look to make improvement

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – A young, inexperienced Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah baseball team will experience a lot of growing pains this season but is striving to improve as the season progresses.

The Resorters have only four seniors and three juniors. Half of the roster are underclassmen. Elkhart suffered a key blow when senior shortstop Taylor Kaboord, an All-Central Lakeshore Conference honorable-mention infielder last season, was unable to compete this year due to an injury before the season.

“We have a very young and inexperienced team this year. Many of the guys who played for us last year are not with us this year,” said Resorter head coach Davin Hill.

“We will have a number of new guys playing new positions, who will need to fill the role. We lost a lot of our experience on the mound due to the graduation of Kyle Rentmeester and Josh Schneider, so we will also be looking for a number of new pitchers to step up and throw some quality innings for us this year.”

Schneider was an All-CLC first-team pitcher last year.

The Resorters have four returning starters in seniors Tyler Jones (outfielder) and A.J. Klemme (first baseman-pitcher), junior Dan Schneider (infielder) and sophomore Elliot Van Oss (catcher).

“Offensively, we will be led by Elliot Van Oss, Tyler Jones, A.J. Klemme and Danny Schneider. Those four guys will carry the bulk of the load, offensively, and we will need the four of them to have big seasons in order to have some team success,” Hill said.

“These four guys should be able to score runs against anyone in the league but we are not sure where the rest of the runs will come from at this point. Defense then becomes the key as we will need to keep games low scoring in order to have success.”

Klemme is the Resorters’ top returning run producer, having 14 RBIs in 2012. Jones is the leading hitter among the returning players, with a .257 average.

Hill stated his top goals:

“Improve on a game by game basis. Establish a couple pitchers for later in the season and for the future, and be a threat to each and every team in the conference.”

The coach said his players should be able to see definite improvement throughout the course of the season which should have them excited for the future of the team.

The Resorters finished 8-16 overall last season and advanced to the regional finals. Elkhart defeated Campbellsport in the first round and lost to Two Rivers in the finals. Elkhart posted a 7-11 mark in the CLC.

Hill gave his assessment of the conference.

“Again, the CLC is fairly even this year. With a compact schedule, many of the games will come down to which team has the greatest pitching depth as teams will have to use three or four pitchers on a regular basis to get through a week,” he said.

“I see Sheboygan Lutheran as one of the top teams with a lot of talent in the sophomore and junior class.”

Cedar Grove-Belgium is the defending CLC champion.

June 21 – Oostburg, here
June 24 – @ Ozaukee
June 26 – @ Random Lake (2)
June 27 – @ Campbellsport
June 28 – Howards Grove, here
July 1 – Plymouth, here
July 3 – Sheb. Luth./Kohler, here
July 5 – @ Oostburg
Seniors – *A.J. Klemme (1B-P),

*Tyler Jones (OF), *Cody Wilterdink
(IF) and *Lucas Klover (OF).
Juniors – Jed Hersey (OF), Jason
Meyers (IF), and *Danny Schneider
Sophomores – *Stuart Zelle (P-IF),
*Elliot Van Oss (C), *Nick Miller (OF),
Gunnr Johnson (P-1B) and Trevor
Rebedew (OF).
Freshmen – Stephan Clemens (PSS), Owen Kalbacken (C-OF) and Bailey Klug (P).
* = Returning letter winner.

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