A look at La Porte Baseball
Coach: Scott Upp (22nd year)
Last year: 18-10 (7-7 Duneland Athletic Conference), (lost 3-2 in Class 4A La Porte Sectional semifinal to Mishawaka)
Key returning players: SS/P/OF Brock Lipscomb, Sr.; 3B/1B Josh Trim, Sr.; 1B/RF Jake Spence, Sr.; P/3B/1B/DH David Applegarth, Sr.; OF Grant Collins, Jr.
Key newcomers: LHP Mason Schroeder, C Matt Parrette, C Gavin Zolvinski, 1B Logan Schroeder, P Jackson Mrozinski, Zach Ford, Carson Crass, P Connor Stalbaum.
Key losses: P/1B Chandler Banic, C Will Malekovic, CF/P Nolan Lorenz, P/OF Noah Mathias.
Outlook: With a daunting schedule and the graduation of numerous experienced players, the key for the Slicers might be how the new players assimilate. How long will it take for the inexperienced players at the varsity level to feel comfortable? And what kind of an impact can they make? Those answers could go a long way in determining what kind of a season La Porte has. “If we’re going to be successful, we have to be fundamentally sound,” Slicers coach Scott Upp said. “Just do the little things right. Wins and losses will take care of themselves. We don’t have overpowering guys. We don’t have overpowering pitchers, so we have to throw strikes. We can’t give up freebies.” The staff includes Lipscomb, both Schroeders, Stalbaum, Mrozinski, Parker Hill and Nick Moser. Upp mentioned the four seniors, Lipscomb, Trim, Spence, and Applegarth will be counted on to pace the way. “They all look to their peers for leadership. And I’m sure that’s what they’re going to end up doing, looking at those seniors who have had playing experience, except Grant (Collins), who’s a junior,” Upp said. “We’ll just have to wait and see. A lot of times, too, what happens is leaders emerge as the season goes.”
-- compiled by Zack Eldridge