Lutheran West Longhorns 2023 Baseball Preview


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Lutheran West Longhorns

Head Coach: Thomas Balla
Years Head Coach (current school): 2
Record (current school): 11-9
Years Head Coach (overall): 2
Record (overall): 11-9

Assistant Coaches:
Drew Zubin
Ken Paradise
John Pingel
Mark Fenske

Record last season: 8-4 / 11-9
League Affiliation: CVC Metro
Last year's playoff results: 1-1 (Def. East Canton, Lost to Akron Manchester)

Top players returning:
Adam Flachbart, Jr, INF/OF, 2nd Team All Conference
Eric Dill, Jr, P/1B, 2nd Team All Conference
Dominick Hall, Sr, INF/OF - 16 rbis
Bryce Groppe, Jr, OF

Top players lost:
DJ Robinson - 1st Team All Conference Pitcher
Aaron Blaine - 1st Team All Conference 1B
Zack Keller (Heidelberg) - Honorable Mention All Conference
Ben Cruz (Concordia Ann Arbor) - Honorable Mention All Conference

New impact players:
Steven Alferink, Fr, OF/P
Brandon Schneider, So, INF/C/P
Jacob Montagu, So, INF/P
Lucas Demko, Jr, C


Final Comments:
The success of our team this year will be predicated on our ability to lean on our returning players (Dill and Flachbart) who have garnered all conference honors over the past few years, while also needing our strong core of younger players quick adapt to varsity pitching. We have a team of guys who are going to compete and fine ways to stay in games all year long.