Cyclones open up baseball season at home Monday
The HCHS baseball team is preparing for a new season set to get underway May 15 at home against the Sioux City North Stars and Cyclones Head Coach Heath Stein said he’s excited.
“I believe we got 10 spring league games in to try and prepare for the upcoming season,” he said. “Guys have been great, work ethic has been great, attitudes are great and we’re just ready to roll.”
The Cyclones finished their season last year with a 24-8 record, making it to the 3A-8 Second Round game where they lost 5-4 to the Glenwood Rams.
The Cyclones lost three players due to graduation in Alex Monson, Joey Moser and Luke Musich. Current seniors Teagon Kasperbauer and Austin Schumacher won’t be playing this year, but Stein is expecting seniors Stephen Leinen and Cael Goshorn to set the tone for the younger kids.
“Our seniors were all great last year,” Stein said. “We’ll miss all three of their production and leadership qualities. We’ve got a couple of seniors this year in Stephen Leinen and Cael Goshorn that are doing a great job leading the team, along with some juniors that are three-year starters coming up and just a good core group of guys that are doing a good job of getting after it.”
Franz Reisz is back after tearing his ACL last season in basketball.
“I can’t wait to get started pitching,” Reisz said. “I think we’re going to have a really good team and do some great things.”
During their 2022 campaign, the Cyclones were led by Cade Sears on offense with 42 hits and 35 runs batted in. Monson had the best batting average with .376, along with 6 wins on the mound and a 0.81 earned run average. Weston Reisz led the team in ERA with 0.58, striking out eight batters in 12 innings pitched.
“I think we’re going to have a lot of depth in pitching, so I’m really looking forward to it,” [Weston] Reisz said.
With the season set to begin soon, [Weston] Reisz spoke on behalf on what the team has been working on.
“We’ve been doing a ton of defensive stuff and approaches at the plate, getting in a rhythm and just staying relaxed,” he said.