Talent, yes; experience, not just yet

Cedar Grove-Belgium baseball team has strong pitching and young players who are learning
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Senior leadership will come down to one player for the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School baseball team this season.

Aiden Filtz will start in center field.

The Rockets have 20 players and will have a varsity reserve team that will play Saturday mornings, coach Tom Race said.

“We have a lot of talent on the team. It’s just going to be young,” Race said.

Junior Jacob Larsen is the team’s top pitcher, and junior Jacob Norris and sophomore Parker Knight will battle for the No. 2 spot.

“Parker might come on by the end of the season just because he’s a sophomore,” Race said.

Junior Tanner Kettenhoven will also pitch, and nearly every player may be asked to head to the mound.

“Everybody on the starting roster except for Aiden pitches,” Race said. 

“I think our strength is definitely pitching, and the caveat is we’re young.”

Norris is slated to play third base.

Sophomore Colten Sellin will patrol shortstop.

“He’s a very good athlete. He’s going to be a good baseball player,” Race said.

Junior Caleb Ledbetter will play first base.

Junior Justin Anzia will play catcher and has already impressed his coach with his ability and potential.

Sophomore Deven Soerens will play left field and junior Nathanael Bruhn will play right.

At the plate, Kettenhoven is slated to lead off, followed by Norris, Sellin, Anzia, Bruhn, Ledbetter, Larsen, Filtz and Soerens.

As a result of the young squad, Race said, he is doing more teaching than he did a couple of years ago when the Rockets were on the verge of a deep playoff run behind the state’s leader in strikeouts, Bradley Katte, who since graduated.

“The kids’ attitudes are great. They’re excited to play,” he said. “The kids are learning. They’re getting better every practice.”

With last season canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Rockets missed out on Katte’s senior year, along with several other key players.

This season, Race said, “We’re going  to stay positive and improve every game. We hope to catch someone taking us lightly in the playoffs.”

The Rockets were scheduled to host Hilbert/Stockbridge on Tuesday and Kohler-Christian at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. They play at Mishicot at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4.

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