Boys Varsity Baseball · South Christian baseball team hopes to stay competitive despite inexperienced roster

By Don VanderVeen | Advance Newspapers
on March 29, 2018 3:22 PM, updated March 30, 2018 4:12 PM

CUTLERVILLE – The South Christian baseball team is young and relatively inexperienced this spring, but coach Brian Braat said his team has the potential of being competitive, if pitching can hold up.

Braat is counting on increased production both at the plate and behind the dish this spring from catcher Abraham House, who threw out 22 percent of the runners trying to steal on him one year ago.

“We can challenge any opponent on any day, but we lack experience and depth,” Braat said. “Pitching will also be an issue, but our strength is catching.

“We have a great catcher that controls the flow of the game.”

The Sailors were 10-23 one year ago and finished fourth in the OK Gold Conference standings.

A bevy of newcomers and a couple of three-year starters return to the lineup for the Sailors.

Lucas Ryskamp is a third baseman and pitcher. He batted .230, with 12 runs scored in 2017.

Jake Springvloed is a starting pitcher and looks to improve on a 1-6 record and 4.99 ERA. He also had 34 strikeouts.

Newcomer Ryan Dykstra is expected to help shore up the infield for the Sailors.

“We should be able to compete,” Braat said. “The keys for us will be defense and playing smart baseball.”