Pirates hope to reload
The Bay Port Baseball team will look to build off it’s FRCC title winning team from a year ago, and compete for a State Championship. However, it will be tough to do so.
Ten of eleven starters from a year ago will have to be replaced, but Coach Mike Simeons has confidence in the system in place. “We believe that we have a system in place with our youth program and our Freshman/Junior Varsity teams that we will have lots of competition from the new players to fill the holes.” Sophomore Quinn Pierner, Pitcher and Infielder, is the only returning starter.
Last year, the Pirates had three Division 1 pitchers, each which earned All-Conference honors, Connor Hock, Joe Baier, and Dakota Klein. It was certainly a luxury for the Pirates, but will have to replace a lot of production. “We have young pitchers that are eager for the opportunity to carry on the tradition of strong pitching in our program.” Bay Port has won the conference each of the past three years, and a four-peat will need a huge amount of success out of the fresh faces to the varsity squad.
As always, Coach Simeons has the same goals as always, “Work hard to improve every day so that by the end of the season we can compete for a State Championship.”
The Pirates have been to the state tournament four straight years, as well as back to back championships in 2009-2010. Bay Port has a strong and successful reputation for their baseball program, and will aim to bring home another conference title.
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