Digging out his glove and lacing his cleats for a good season ahead, sophomore Collin Subbert is excited for the baseball season, and he wants the Wheelers to be competitive. “I want our team to win the Western Iowa Conference this year.”
Unlike Subbert, many players will be balancing baseball along with the current sport season: track, tennis, and/or golf. One may think this seems like hard work, a headache, or a tiring job, but senior Colby Rattenborg isn’t affected much, but tries to stay cautious about potential injuries. “Towards the end of track season around state time [if one qualifies] you go from track practice straight to baseball practice. It affects me a little bit, because I’m trying not to get injured.” He also adds, “I think we will have a pretty good baseball season. We have a variety of returners, so a lot of us have experience, and it gives us advantage to put those people in sports they’re experienced with.”
Head Coach Sean Birks does not see the overlapping sports as a problem and tries to plan around an athlete’s schedule. “The sport in season takes priority. If there is track practice when we have baseball practice we wait to start baseball until track practice is over. There are some May days that some athletes are at practice from 3:30 PM until 6:30 or 7:00 PM. It takes a special kind of person to balance school work, track, baseball, and everything else they have going on. Between track meets, golf meets, and tennis matches it is pretty rare to have all of the baseball players at practice at the same time. It is something I've gotten used to as a coach and we make it work.”
The first baseball game of the season kicks off out of town on May 26 against Elk Horn Kimballton-Exira.