Beacons baseball straightening out the early-season kinks

Victories have been hard to come by early on for the Concordia Academy baseball team, but head coach Eric Schutte isn’t surprised. The Beacons graduated seven players from last year’s team and growing pains with some newcomers this year were expected.

Concordia Academy began this week 1-4 overall and has a pair of games on the docket.

“It will take a few games to get the newcomers comfortable in their new roles,” Schutte said. “We expect a slow start to the season.”

The Beacons got their first win on April 13 with a 16-3 pasting of Minneapolis Edison. They had narrow losses to PACT Charter (6-5) in 11 innings and St. Croix Prep (4-2) and a couple not-so-narrow ones to St. Paul Como Park (12-2) and Holy Angels (14-6).

Concordia Academy opened this week with a home game against DeLaSalle on Monday, past the deadline for this edition of the Review. Next up is a trip to St. Croix Lutheran on Friday.

Back this season for the Beacons are six players who saw varsity time last spring. They include senior pitcher/infielder Cole Schuessler, who batted .366 a year ago. Junior catcher Zach Morse batted .400 in 2013 and was named all-conference. Senior pitcher/outfielder Sam Root went 3-0 with a 1.21 earned-run average and also batted .333.

“Sam Root will anchor our pitching staff along with Cole Schuessler,” Schutte said. “We are counting on our established hitters Zach Morse, Sam Root and Cole Schuessler to lead the team.”

Other returners include seniors Kole Leistikow (infielder), Josh Wolff (infielder) and Reed Paavola (outfielder). The rest of the varsity roster is populated by five juniors and sophomore who are all new to the team this season.

Among the players who were seniors on last year’s team is John Holleran, who was named all-conference and all-state and played in the high school all-star series. He is a freshman on the baseball team at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.

Holleran has appeared in 23 of Benedict’s 37 games and has had 15 starts. He is batting .259 with a home run and eight runs batted in.

Benedict College is an NCAA Division II athletic program and its teams are members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Roseville

The Raiders are off to a 4-2 start through the first two weeks of the season. They started off with back-to-back wins over Forest Lake and Woodbury and have split their last four games with wins over White Bear Lake and Centennial and losses to East Ridge and Stillwater.

This week, Roseville has four games on the docket, including home games on Wednesday and Thursday against Park-Cottage Grove and Brainerd. The Raiders are on the road on Friday at Cretin-Derham Hall. Roseville was also scheduled to face defending state champion Mounds View on Monday, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


2015 Concordia Academy baseball schedule

April 24    at St. Croix Lutheran    4:30 p.m.
April 27    vs. St. Agnes    4 p.m.
April 29    at Columbia Heights    4:30 p.m.
May 1    vs. Fridley    4:30 p.m.
May 5    vs. Rockford    4:30 p.m.
May 6    at Brooklyn Center    4:30 p.m.
May 8    vs. Legacy Christian    4:15 p.m.
May 11    vs. St. Anthony    4:30 p.m.
May 13    vs. Maranatha Christian    4:15 p.m.
May 14    at Delano tournament    Time TBA
May 15    at Delano tournament    Time TBA
May 16    at Delano tournament    Time TBA

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