With just two wins in 2016, the Gillett/Suring baseball team is looking for ways to improve this year.
The Hornets, who rarely were able to knock balls out of the infield or consistently pitch through the games on the schedule, have more depth this season.
It starts with an infield that lost Mickey Shauger at third base but returns Sean Krueger (shortstop), Lane Hischke (first base) and Tyler McDougal (second base). In all, the Hornets return six players from last year’s squad.
“We’ve got an almost entirely veteran, I would say, infield,” Hischke said. “Josh (Reed) might only be a sophomore behind the plate there when Cody (Smith) is pitching, but he’s played as much as all of us.”
Smith will be the ace for Gillett/Suring, which finished 2-16 overall and 0-12 in the Marinette & Oconto Conference last year.
The junior pitcher, who has been focusing on improving his offspeed pitches, has confidence in those behind him to make plays