By Bob Simmons
Coach Andrew Elmendorf begins his fifth season as head coach of the Troy Buchanan High baseball team and he expects good things from this year’s Trojans.
Gone from last year’s team include Eric Tipton, Garrett Miller, Nathan Keleher, Nate Falls, Dylan Walker, Jordan Ball, Cole Justus, Cole Dickherber, and Brennon Crenshaw. Many of them have gone on to play college ball.
Key returning players are Todd Myers, three-year varsity starter and all state selection; Chasen Anderson, senior returning pitcher.
“He had a tremendous year last year in big games including the district semi-final win against Liberty,” said Elmendorf.
Other returners are junior Bailey Ford returning as shortstop who played all year as a sophomore and looks to have a solid season. Relief pitcher Kory Schniedermeyer who looks to continue his late inning role out of the bullpen. Bailey Brush who was a role guy last year who looks to battle with a young crop of talent for steady playing time. Sam Gales a good leader who does a great job with our pitching staff and a leader by example.
Elmendorf is very excited about his group of juniors looking for big things from Dallas King, Will Otte, Sammy Bennett, Dane Stuckey and Levi Shramek. Brady Dolde is a big strong right handed pitcher who looks to step right in. In addition sophomore Garrett Laughlin is a very athletic middle infielder who will fit right in at the varsity level.
“We will have a very athletic team with tremendous speed,” said Elmendorf. “We return players in key positions who will help lead our younger crop of players. Our greatest weakness is our lack of experience at the varsity level. While our younger levels have won a lot of games in our program you never know how that will correlate to the varsity level. Our goal is to fight for a conference championship every year. The players are hungry to put ourselves back in that position. Losing in the district championship to state runner up Zumwalt West in extra innings last year stung but I think it only makes us stronger to try and advance further this spring.”