After finishing with an encouraging 18-7 mark in 2017, there is a lot of excitement in the Northstars clubhouse, and for good reason.
This year’s squad will be returning plenty of experienced players. All but one of their starting pitchers from last season will be back, and they will also benefit in the field and at the plate with seven returning position players.
Players to look out for:
Seniors Bryce Fremgren (1B/P), Tommy McParland (SS/P), and Nick Houghton (P/LF). All three of those players provide a lot of talent and experience at the plate and in the field, and each of them can hold their own on the mound when called upon.
Fremgren: Hit .291 in 2017, in addition to posting a 3.23 earned run average in 26 innings on the hill. He says he’s ready to do whatever it takes to help the team win. “Just helping out defensively and offensively, and putting some runs up.” is his goal for the season.
McParland: Hit .370 last season. Although he only pitched one inning last season, he expects to be used in relief this year. “I’m just going to be coming in for a couple innings… I like coming in and shutting them down.”
Houghton: Batted .371 with 18 runs batted in, while maintaining an ERA of 0.94 in 52 innings on the mound.
Coach Jim Maher knows that those three will be the key to his team’s success. “We’ve got three guys who have played for four years,” Maher said. They’re all going on to play college next year.”
Player who may surprise people:
“David Scott’s been our center fielder now for three years, and he’s a great center fielder,” Maher explained. I think he made one error the entire year last year, gets on base, hits the ball… he’s a catalyst for a lot we do.”
With all the veteran experience returning to their lineup, the Northstars are hoping that will give them an edge over their opponents. “We went from (being) one of the younger teams in the county to being one of the most experienced teams.”, Fremgren said. “We can use that experience to win us some ballgames.”
McParland explains the experience will help the team know what to expect when they’re playing in big games this season. “We’ve been in a lot of tough games the past couple years,” McParland proclaimed. “A lot of state games, a lot of MCT’s… we’ve been going deep, and it’s going to help us because we know what to expect.”
Houghton is hopeful that the squad will fill up the trophy case this season. “We’ve won sectionals, and we have to win MCT’s,” Houghton said. “Those are my goals, because as a team, all the seniors want to win the state tournament this year.”
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