Baseball Gears up for Summer

As summer nears, the Little Hawk baseball team gears up to tackle a demanding three month season.

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Joey Schnoebelen ’17 throws a pitch against Clinton at Mercer Park on May 26th, 2016.

City’s 20 man roster was highlighted last year by starting pitcher Bryce Frantz ‘17 and slugger Brett McCleary ‘17.

“Last year was kind of a roller coaster, we had a lot of ups and downs and we spent a lot of time down,” Bryce Frantz ‘17 said.

To try and even out the bumps from last year the team has been training in the offseason.

“The guys worked really hard this offseason. The intensity was great.” 

Mitchell has very high expectations for the upcoming season and has focused a lot of time the last few months gearing up for a run at the state championship.

This season will face highly ranked competition in the Mississippi Valley Conference. One of the biggest game will come fairly early in the season against West High on June 3.

This year has potential to help the Little Hawks rebound from a season that did not meet their expectations last year. In recent years the program has become much more serious, partly because of steps by Coach Mitchell and others on the staff.


Many players attended hitting practices and lifting sessions to prepare for the upcoming season. Both players and coaches attend a camp held by Nate Trosky, one of the best youth coaches in the nation. Along with being a huge success, the camp showed everyone involved how serious the coaches and players are this season.