The North Decatur baseball team will gain valuable experience this season.
Several players will be seeing their first significant varsity time on the diamond under new head coach Ryan Pahl.
Graduating last year were three experienced infielders in Kevin Geis, Mitch Knecht and Jason Kirchhoff, a Mid-Hoosier Conference selection.
Juniors who will be starting the majority of games are Austin Brown, Luke Perdue and Alex Crowe. Perdue (third base), Crowe (first base) and Brown (second base) will play infield for the Chargers. Senior Will Jarman will staff the shortstop position.
Senior Dustin Westerfeld (left field), junior Seth Gauck (center field) and Jake Stevens (right field) will staff the outfield spots.
Sophomore Donovan Meyer will be handling catching duties.
“He returns with varsity time under his belt,” said Pahl of Meyer.
According to Pahl, the roster consists of “quite a bit of sophomores and juniors”. Gauck will bat third in the lineup and is swinging the bat pretty well, noted Pahl.
Sophomore Luke Badgley joins the baseball team in a utility role. Pahl said Badgley’s athleticism will be an asset to the Chargers.
Pahl said he has been pleased with freshman Cory Fasbinder’s bat.
“He swings well for as small as he is and as young as he his. I’m excited about that for future seasons,” said Pahl.
Several Chargers are coming off of playing varsity on the basketball team, including Badgley, Brown, Meyer and Perdue. That experience can only boost a young squad with athletic players, according to Pahl.
Pahl will primarily work with infielders, while assistant coach Adam Warren will work with outfielders.
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