AUSTIN EDITION - L/P opens season today at home
By Scott A. Kolb
Coming off a first ever appearance in the section tournament and a share of the Southeast Conference title, the Lyle/Austin Pacelli baseball team kicks off a new season this afternoon.
The Lyle/Pacelli boys will play host to the Glenville-Emmons Wolverines in their season opener today at Marcusen Park in Austin. The first pitch of the Southeast Conference game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Pitching will once again be the key for L/P as the team has to find a replacement for last year's ace Nels Nelson, who graduated. Nick Ehret, a junior, will try to fill Nelson's role as the top pitcher this season for the L/P Athletics.
Ehret started the second game for L/P last May in the Class A, Section One Tournament. Ehret had a pair of strikeouts and gave up two earned runs in the season-ending loss to Elgin-Millville.
"Nick has some experience on the mound and did well in his starts last year, so we're looking for him to be the ace of the pitching staff," L/P coach Steve Baumann said of the team's prospects.
"T.J. Parlin will also get some pitching starts, but he'll miss the first two games of the season. Parlin is out for the first couple of games, because of not enough practice time due to participating in wrestling tournaments. We're a young team, but most of the guys have game experience."
Despite having only two seniors on the roster, the Athletics have eight letterman coming back. Pete Korfhage joins Parlin as the senior leaders on the team. Korfhage plays at third base and was one of the top power hitters last season.
Josh Baumann and Jake Burzinski are juniors who will patrol the outfield grass. Burzinski is the fastest guy on the team, plays centerfield, and bats in the leadoff spot. Baumann plays in left and will bat second in the order.
The other lettermen are sophomores Dan Rysavy, Caleb Martin, and Josh Krueger. Rysavy and Martin are experienced infielders, while Krueger will handle the catching duties.
"We have a good mix of speed and power in our batting order," coach Baumann said. "We won a share of the SEC title last year, and with a solid group of guys returning, we should be in the thick of the race again this season."
Baumann rates Glenville-Emmons and Spring Grove team as the teams to beat in the SEC. Lyle/Pacelli will play both of those contenders in the first two games of the season. L/P is scheduled to play six home games at Marcusen Park, starting with today's season opener.
Seniors -- *T.J. Parlin (shortstop), *Pete Korfhage (third base). Juniors -- *Nick Ehret (pitcher, first base), *Josh Baumann (left field), *Jake Burzinski (centerfield). Sophomores -- *Dan Rysavy (second base, shortstop), *Caleb Martin (second base), *Josh Krueger (catcher). Freshmen -- Mike Williamson (outfield), Jim McDermott (outfield), Jared Sequin (first base).
* Denotes lettermen.
(Home games in Lyle unless noted)
Apr. 13 -- Glenville-Emmons (Marcusen Park), 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 15 -- at Spring Grove, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 17 -- Lyle/Pacelli Tournament, 9 a.m.
Apr. 22 -- Mabel-Canton (Marcusen Park), 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 23 -- Southland (Marcusen Park), 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 27 -- Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander (Marcusen), 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 29 -- at Houston, 4:30 p.m.
May 3 -- at Glenville-Emmons, 4:30 p.m.
May 6 -- Spring Grove, 4:30 p.m.
May 10 -- at Mabel-Canton, 4:30 p.m.
May 11 -- at Schaeffer Academy (Hudson Field), 4:30 p.m.#
May 13 -- at Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander, 4:30 p.m.
May 17 -- Houston (Marcusen Park), 4:30 p.m.
May 20 -- Schaeffer Academy (Marcusen Park), 4:30 p.m.#
# Non-conference game