Even though the Raiders lost two top pitchers last season in All-Conference throwers Tim Willems and Tim Swanson (MRC’s Pitcher of the Year), NYA has depth on the mound in 2013.
Senior Kyle Brazil will be the Raiders’ go-to man on the mound and 2012 All-Conference shortstop Isaac Hormann will throw a bit too, according to NYA head coach Jon Wroge.
Underneath Brazil, there are numerous others who will be ready to step up at a moments notice.
“Pitching-wise, we’re pretty strong and pretty deep,” Wroge said.
The extra pitching staff will surely help once the season gets going, as the Raiders’ first games have already been postponed and the team is looking at a schedule with multi-game weeks.
Also back for the Raiders this season are All-Conference Honorable Mention second baseman Casey Clemenson, third baseman Andrew Cardinal, along with Jordan Kohls and Matt Tibbs, who will split time at first base.
Brazil, senior Taylor Trick, Clemenson, and Kohls will lead from the plate.
“So far in the cage, we’re looking pretty good,” Wroge said.
The Minnesota River Conference will once again be a battle for the title, as nearly every team has a least one stud pitcher.
“Everybody’s got one guy who’s really solid,” Wroge said.
With solid pitching throughout the MRC, what will determine the eventual title winner will be defense and hitting, according to Wroge.
The subsection doesn’t get any easier, as the Raiders meet more of the MRC along with teams like defending Class AA state champions Holy Family and Glencoe-Silver Lake.
“Our conference is so strong,” Wroge said.
Already working as a unit, Wroge said this season could be the one to win the MRC. With 13 players on the varsity squad, the Raiders are already meshing.
“This is a really good group,” he said. “It’d be nice to get outside to see what we can do.”
Wroge is assisted by Matt Hermann, Kyle Evenski (jv), and Jim McCullum (9th).
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