Wyoming, MI -- Conference play in the OK Bronze started on Tuesday as the Huskies played the Wolves of Wyoming. The newest addition to the conference, replacing West Catholic. The game was initially dubbed as a double header, but was shortened to one due to weather and field conditions. Senior Jackson Shaver started on the bump for the Huskies, pitching a complete game and earned the Huskies their first conference win. A pitching duel throughout the game, due to high winds and cold temperatures, kept the game interesting and fast. Wyoming pitcher James Watkins also had a solid game, pitching a complete game and allowing just two runs. The Huskies and the Wolves will play a doubleheader on Thursday.
Holland, MI -- This past weekend, the Huskies competed in the Martin E. Ball Memorial Tournament at West Ottawa High School. The Huskies opened the tournament against the Allendale Falcons. Brett Bujdos had a solid game, pitching 6.0 innings and three earned runs. After a few big innings, the Huskies led 5-0. The Falcons scored three unanswered to make it 5-3. Sophomore James Ruotsala closed the game out in the top of the 7th to defeat the Falcons.
The Huskies played their second game at 2 p.m. against the West Ottawa Panthers. A pitching duel ensued, matching senior Steven Sprague and West Ottawa's Jack Tomcalla. The Huskies scored Quinton O'Connor on a past ball in the third, and the Panthers answered back with a run of their own during the fifth. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Panthers hit a double and advanced him over with bunt. With a man on and a man out, third baseman Jake Duckworth hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder Sam Schellenberg, that scored the winning run. The Huskies open conference play on Tuesday with a doubleheader against Wyoming.
After hiring head coach John Dolce, the Huskies are hoping to replace two key roles. Junior Bryce Fraser, last year's centerfielder and leadoff hitter, broke his collarbone during football season and has had two surgeries so far. Sophomore Eric Symons, one of the two freshman last season, tore his labrum during the offseason. This gives the Huskies four open spots to replace seniors Ryan Wysocki and Liam Hanlon, and now Fraser and Symons. Possible players to watch for:
1) Michael Gumbko - Gumbko, a sophomore, played JV last season as a freshman for Dolce. He also was added to the varsity playoff roster
2) Alec Berrodin - Berrodin, a junior, played JV last season and made three appearances for the varsity team. He was on the varsity playoff roster
3) Spencer Kozal or James Ruotsala - Both sophomores, both played JV as freshmen and saw game action on varsity
Grand Rapids, MI -- After the recent departure of Dane Wysocki, John Dolce was named head coach of the 2015 FHN Huskies baseball team. Wysocki left the program in July and is currently an assistant for Hope College, where his son, Ryan, is playing. Wysocki was hired when the program was in shambles. He helped the program become a Grand Rapids area powerhouse. This past season, the Huskies had a young team, carrying just two seniors, eight juniors, six sophomores, and two freshman, and finished with a 12-18 record and lost first round of the district playoffs to Lowell. In early November, John Dolce was announced as the replacement for Wysocki. Dolce, who has been part of the program since Wysocki was hired, played college baseball at Aquinas College and also led Catholic Central to back-to-back State Title appearances in 1985 and 1986, winning in 1985. The Huskies hope to return 16 players from last season.