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City baseball preview capsules

JOHN MARSHALL

Coach: Terry Heiderscheit, sixth season.

Assistants: Darren Thompson, Greg Winter, Brent Lichty, Kirk Magee.

2006 record: 24-6 (Big Nine champions). Won the section title and the state consolation championship.

2007 outlook: The Rockets lost some key players at key positions, namely Tim Oesterlin at third base, Nate Dunfee at shortstop, Scott Steege at catcher, Jerry Mock at first base and top pitcher John Magee. Still, the Rockets return a great deal of talent and experience. Leadoff hitter Erik Knutson led the team in most statistical categories last season, including home runs (eight), stolen bases (12), batting average (.477), runs scored (43) and on-base percentage (.532). He is pro prospect who will start in center field. Left fielder Adam Wiesner also returns. He’s speedy and has a great glove. Wiesner will hit in the two hole this season. After Magee, Spencer Brady was the team’s top pitcher a year ago. He returns, and coach Terry Heiderscheit expects big things from Brady in 2007. He also can play in the outfield. Also back are Matt Armstrong (pitcher, first base), Brad Yetzer (second base) and Kellen Anderson (outfield, pitcher). Heiderscheit also expects Pat Kingsley, Travis Meyer, Eric Norvet, Reid Neumann, Ben Krolak, Brian Ness and Jordan Rishavy to compete for playing time.

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Coach Heiderscheit: "For us to have a chance, we need to throw strikes and play good defense. We have some nice hitters, but it will depend how deep we can go on the mound, and if we can catch it and throw it."

2007 roster: Seniors — Kellen Anderson, Matt Armstrong, Pat Kingsley, Erik Knutson, Ben Krolak, Travis Meyer, Reid Neumann, Eric Norvet, Adam Wiesner, Brad Yetzer. Juniors — Spencer Brady, Ryan Doble, Ben Fedor, Brett Gwaltney, Ben Kall, Kris Long, Derrick Macken, Ben Moen, Brian Ness, Bryce Odegarden, Jordan Rishavy.

SCHEDULE

(Home games played at Mayo Field unless noted)

April 10 — at Rochester Century (Mayo Field), 5 p.m.

April 12 — Austin, 5 p.m.

April 14 — Albert Lea (DH), 4 p.m.

April 17 — Rochester Mayo, 4:30 p.m.

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April 20 — Faribault, 5 p.m.

April 21 — at Farmington Invitational (two teams, opponents to be determined), 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

April 24 — Owatonna, 5 p.m.

April 26 — at Faribault, 5 p.m.

April 27 — at Winona, 5 p.m.

May 1 — Mankato West (DH), 4 p.m.

May 3 — Rochester Century, 4:30 p.m.

May 5 — Winona (Hudson Field), 11 a.m.

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May 8 — at Austin, 5 p.m.

May 12 — at Mankato East (DH), 1 p.m.

May 15 — at Rochester Mayo (Mayo Field), 5 p.m.

May 18 — at Owatonna, 5 p.m.

May 22-June 4 — Section One tournament, TBD.

MAYO

Coach: Dan Hoefs, second year.

Assistants: Dan Anderson, Brant Goetz, Josh Matti.

2006 record: 16-7 overall and 13-5 in Big Nine. Defeated Red Wing then lost to Hastings and Red Wing in the Section One playoffs.

2007 outlook: The Spartans must fill a major hole left by MLB draft pick Aaron Senne, who is now playing at Missouri. Senne was the state player of the year; he was the team’s top hitter and pitcher a year ago. Mayo’s top returning player is Tyler Rank, who will play catcher and pitch for the Spartans. Rank is a major league prospect; he’s huge and his power potential (both pitching and hitting) could make him an early-round draft pick. He hit .400 last season with 20 RBIs and was the team’s leading base stealer with nine. Picher Ezra Campbell also returns. He went 5-3 last season with a 4.57 ERA in 46 innings pitched. The Spartans need Campbell to develop into a top-end starter this season. He also will hit in the middle of the lineup and can play the outfield and first base. Ryan Witzig hit .258 last year with two home runs and eight RBIs. He’ll start in the outfield and be looked upon to anchor that unit and be productive in the top of the order, according to coach Dan Hoefs. Alex Russell was 1-0 with one save last year in 25.6 innings. He had an ERA of 3.27. Russell is ineligible for the first half of the season due to a high school league violation, but Hoefs said he could be pivotal when he returns. Sam Levisen played with the junior varsity team last spring, but he played well during Legion ball over the summer. He will be counted on to pitch many innings this spring. Other returning letterwinners include Matt Herold (2B), Shawn Palmer (SS/P) and Mitch Anderson (3B/2B/C). Juniors Mitch Lund and Tony Nierman also could contribute.

Coach Hoefs: "I feel our team has the potential to be very competitive, but we need to fill a few holes, and we need to develop consistency. If our pitchers can throw strikes and not get themselves in trouble, that will be a giant step to us becoming a solid team."

2007 roster: Seniors — Tyler Rank, Ezra Campbell, Ryan Witzig, Alex Russell, Sam Levisen, Matt Herold. Juniors — Shawn Palmer, Mitch Anderson, Mitch Lund, Tony Nierman, Zach Sallee, Jared Zitnay, Travis Schubauer, Tim Meyer, Garrett Powers, Matt Leisen.

SCHEDULE

(Home games played at Mayo Field unless noted)

April 10 — at Winona, 5 p.m.

April 12 — at Faribault, 5 p.m.

April 14 — Andover (Hudson Field), 1 p.m.

April 17 — at Rochester John Marshall (Hudson Field), 4:30 p.m.

April 19 — Mankato West, 5 p.m.

April 21 — St. Louis Park, 1 p.m.

April 24 — at Albert Lea, 5 p.m.

April 26 — Rochester Century, 5 p.m.

April 28 — at Mankato East (DH), 1 p.m.

May 1 — at Austin (DH), 4 p.m.

May 5 — at Mankato West, 3 p.m.

May 8 — Faribault, 5 p.m.

May 10 — Owatonna (DH), 4 p.m.

May 12 — Winona, 4 p.m.

May 15 — Rochester John Marshall, 5 p.m.

May 18 — Albert Lea, 5 p.m.

May 19 — at Rochester Century (Mayo Field), 11 a.m.

May 22-June 4 — Section One tournament, TBD.

CENTURY

Coach: Keith Kangas, ninth season.

Assistants: Fabian Luna, Ryan Yahnke, Tony Beck.

2006 record: 16-7.

2007 outlook: The Panthers lost Bryan Denisen to graduation. He did it all for Century last season, leading the team in hitting and pitching. Denisen hit .458 with 13 stolen bases, 14 RBIs and 25 runs scored. He also struck out 70 in 53 innings pitched with a 2.55 ERA. All-conference selections Leon Clark and Mike Debolt are the top two returning players for the Panthers. Clark, a junior outfielder, hit .342 last season with 16 RBIs, 22 runs scored and six stolen bases. Clark also may pitch some this season. Last year, Debolt hit .389 with 16 RBIs and 13 runs scored. He was one of the team’s top pitchers, throwing 51 innings with an ERA of 2.81 and 57 strikeouts. Debolt will be the team’s ace this season as nobody else on the roster threw more than five innings a year ago. Other returning letterwinners are Andy Knutson (C/1B), Aaron Karnas (3B), Dana Hargesheimer (OF), Josh McKeon (C/P) and Jordan Kangas (SS/P). Knutson hit .310 with seven RBIs a year ago, and Karnas hit .279 with eight RBIs and 10 runs scored.

Coach Kangas: "We’re young but experienced. We have many good players who are going to have to become very good players to compete in a very tough Big Nine and Section 1AAA."

2007 roster: Seniors — Josh McKeon, Andy Knutson, Aaron Karnas. Juniors — Leon Clark, Adam Broich, Blake Yennie, Kyle Sursely, Dana Hargesheimer, Mitch Arens, Nick Pronk, Cris Olofson, Erik Ordahl, Mike Debolt, Joe Hobson, Nate Evens, Zach Dunbar. Sophomores — Jared Samuelson, Jordan Kangas.

SCHEDULE

(Home games played at Mayo Field unless noted)

April 9 — St. Paul Johnson, 5 p.m.

April 10 — Rochester John Marshall, 5 p.m.

April 13 — Minnetonka, 4 p.m.

April 14 — at Owatonna (DH), 2:30 p.m.

April 17 — at Winona, 5 p.m.

April 19 — at Austin, 5 p.m.

April 21 — at Mankato East (DH), 1 p.m.

April 26 — at Rochester Mayo, (Mayo Field) 5 p.m.

April 27 — Mankato West, 5 p.m.

April 30 — Faribault (DH), 4 p.m.

May 3 — at Rochester John Marshall (Mayo Field), 4:30 p.m.

May 7 — at Mankato West, 5 p.m.

May 12 — Albert Lea (DH), 11 a.m.

May 15 — Winona, (at Century High School), 5 p.m.

May 17 — Austin, 5 p.m.

May 19 — Rochester Mayo, 11 a.m.

May 22-June 4 — Section One tournament, TBD.

LOURDES

Coach: Doug Hudson, 20th season.

Assistants: Bernie Carlson, Mike Hohberger, Mike Carroll, Doug Glasenapp.

2006 record: 13-10.

2007 outlook: The Eagles return 10 letterwinners and a few other players who have varsity experience. Jake Duda is one of the team’s top returning players. He hit .387 last year and went 6-0 on the mound with a 3.22 ERA in 50 innings. Duda will play first and third and pitch this season. Also back is Dave Timmons, who hit .343 last year and went 2-3 in 32 innings pitched with a 3.32 ERA. Timmons is a pitcher and a shortstop. At 6-foot-5, Timmons could be a dominating pitcher this season in the Hiawatha Valley League. Dan Lose is a returning center fielder and infielder. He hit .387 last season. The Eagles will count on his speed to get their offense going again this season. Pitcher Tim Burgart is back after going 2-1 with a 4.40 ERA last season. Coach Doug Hudson said Burgart looks like one of the team’s most improved players. Co-captain Brian Battista it .302 last season and will catch and play first or third this season. Tim Mueller and Rob Poterucha also saw starts last year and will be counted on heavily. Co-captain Dan Charlesworth (P/OF) and Matt Schulte (2B/OF) also are returning seniors. Hudson said junior infielders Derek Schoeberl and Mike Glasenapp also will contribute. Jack Carr, Tom Gores and Tim Hendrickson also are in the mix.

Coach Hudson: "We’re faced with a number of challenges as the season starts. We have players facing disciplinary action and won’t reach full strength until May. Also, with the other teams playing while we have spring break, then the retreat, we have condensed our season to a 20-game season in five weeks. The entire league was young last year, and many teams return strong lineups with lots of experience."

2007 roster: Seniors — Dan Lose, Tim Mueller, Tim Bestgen, Dave Timmons, Dan Charlesworth, Tim Burgart, Brian Battista, Jake Duda. Juniors — Mike Glasenapp, Derek Schoeberl, Dan Hudson, Ben Sparks, John Carr, Andrew Verdick, Matt Schulte, Ryan Miller, Tim Hendrickson, Rob Poterucha, Tom Gores, Nick Nigon, Luke Hendrickson.

SCHEDULE

(Home games played at Mayo Field unless noted)

April 13 — at Winona Cotter, 5 p.m.

April 16 — at Stewartville, 5 p.m.

April 17 — Lake City, 7 p.m.

April 19 — Pine Island (Hudson Field), 7 p.m.

April 20 — at Triton, 5 p.m.

April 23 — at Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 4:30 p.m.

April 24 — Stewartville, 7 p.m.

April 26 — at Kasson-Mantorville (DH), 3:45 p.m.

April 27 — at Cannon Falls, 7 p.m.

April 30 — at Byron, 5 p.m.

May 3 — Winona Cotter, 7 p.m.

May 5 — Lourdes Invite: vs. St. Charles, 11 a.m.; vs. Holy Family, 3:30 p.m.

May 8 — at Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 5 p.m.

May 11 — Hayfield (DH), 4:15 p.m.

May 12 — at Chatfield, 1 p.m.

May 14 — Kenyon-Wanamingo, 5 p.m.

May 17 — Byron (Hudson Field), 7 p.m.

May 19 — HVL title game, 1 p.m.

May 22-May 28 — Subsection tournament, TBD.

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