The GACC/Scribner-Snyder/West Point-Beemer Baseball Team has a lot of upperclassmen out for the team this year. Head Coach Bruce Schlecht. “We got 9 seniors this year. We got Derek Petz, Bryant Rief, Jaden Rahn, Chase and Austin Streeter, Tate Ernesti, Peyton Landholm, Greg Johnson, Jamie Palm. We got some good leadership there. And then we got some juniors…Jared Minnick, Blake Anderson…they’ll see a lot of playing time, and Ray Loftis. And then we got other juniors and some sophomores.”
Schlecht says defense could be an issue for his team, who went 5-9 last year, but won 3 out of their last 4, including a win over Crete in Districts.
The Patriots open up the season on Thursday at Omaha South. Schlecht says the Packers figure to be stronger this year than last. “Class A School. They’re not one of the tougher ones, but they’ll be competitive. They came on last year a little bit. They’ll be better this year. They’ll be pretty good.”
The two teams were supposed to play each other last year, but the games were cancelled.
First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at Brown Park in Omaha.