Falcons return solid core

by Steve Ottman
Falls News Correspondent

The Sheboygan Falls High School baseball team heads into the 2017 season with a solid group of returning players set to lead the way.

Last year Falls finished third place in the Big East Conference with a 15-5 conference record (18-12 overall).

The Falcons topped Random Lake in a WIAA regional final playoff contest before losing a WIAA sectional semifinal playoff game to Kiel.

Falls head coach Lance Smith returns for his third season with a 34-28 overall record. Smith will be assisted this year by Chris Hilleshiem and Travis Christenson.

“We have a very athletic and determined group,” said Smith. “Our athleticism will be our overall strength as we will feature a team with good speed, defense and athletes who can play a multitude of positions.”

The Falcons lost eight seniors to graduation, including All-BEC players Ryan Schmitt and Kyle Peterson.

In addition, senior John Vanderploeg has decided to play for the Sheboygan A’s.

“I think expectations from outside perspectives will be lower, but I’m expecting a great and fun season,” Smith commented. “I think we have the talent level and determination to shock some people.”

The returning players for Falls will be seniors Ross Krist, Ben Krueger, Trae Theobald, Lucas Kaland, junior JT Petrie and sophomore Jacoby Endreas.

Krist was selected to the All- BEC first team last season with a batting average of .525. His sea- son average was .458.

Krist also led the team with 44 hits, 34 runs, 12 stolen bases and only had four strikeouts in 114 plate appearances.

Petrie earned All-BEC honorable mention recognition last year, batting .367 in conference with a season average of .333. Petrie also tied for most stolen bases with 12.

Newcomers to the Falls squad are senior Mike Fischer, juniors Alex Friday, Griffin Kluth, Brandon Senglaub, Sawyer Specht, sophomores Alex Schmitt and Seth Aschenbach.

Smith believes the conference will be very competitive with Plymouth as the favorites, but if the Falcons keep working hard he feels they can be in the hunt.

Smith noted that the team will have to work extra hard the first week or two of the season as two returning starters, Kaland and Petrie, are having excellent track seasons and could join the team up to two weeks late.

BASEBALL

SCHEDULE
May 26-at Sheboygan Lutheran May 27-Greendale
May 30-at Brookfield Central
June 2-at Howards Grove DH
June 3-at West Bend West
June 5-Ozaukee
June 6-at Kohler/Sheboygan Christian
June 9-Elkhart Lake DH
June 12-at Kiel
June 14-at Random Lake
June 15-New Holstein
June 16-at Plymouth
June 19-Sheboygan Lutheran
June 21-at Oostburg DH
June 23-at New Holstein
June 26-at Ozaukee
June 28-Cedar Grove DH
June 30-Kohler/Sheboygan Christian
July 1-at Homestead
July 5-Kewaskum
July 6-Kiel
July 7-Random Lake


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