Jesup baseball is building depthBy Micah Knebel
The Jesup baseball team ended its season with a record of 10-14. With a good share of its athletes being underclassmen, the team found a lot of opportunities to develop skills and experience this season.
“Overall I think that we had a very good season,” head coach Bruce Wall said. “Our players worked very hard throughout the season to improve their game, and it showed by playing some of our best baseball at the end of the season.”
Two of those games were back-to-back battles against then #2 ranked Dike-New Hartford. Jesup took a split victory in their face-off against 21-0 team, falling short in their first game 3-10 before coming back for a 4-2 victory in the second game. “It was a big win for us,” Wall said, “because it showed that we were capable of beating a very good team.”
Another big event was the second round district game against eventual state championship runner-up team North Linn. The J-Hawks fell just 1-2 against the top-ranked team. Brendon Seibert scored a run at the top of the fourth inning, putting Jesup in the lead. It was the only run North Linn’s pitcher Jake Hilmer gave up during the postseason.
“Although we lost the game,” Wall said, “it said a lot for how far our team had progressed. The character and class they displayed during and after the game was a lot to be proud of.”
The team loses five seniors: Sam Kuper, Zach Mead, Brendon Seibert, Cade Nolan, and Josh Johnson.
“Our seniors have done a great job for our program over the last four years,” Wall said. “It is always difficult to see fine young men like this leave the program, but we will expect to see great things from these fine young men in the future.”
A number of players received All-Conference Second Team honors this season: Zach Mead, Josh Johnson, Brodie Kresser (sophomore), Cade Nolan, and Brendon Seibert. Junior Cole Oberbroeckling received Honorable Mention.