LOSS OF 2020 HURTS SMOKY VALLEY YOUNGSTERS

By William

LINDSBORG – The loss of the 2020 season due to the pandemic cost the Smoky Valley baseball team as far as getting the youngsters, the sophomores and freshman, some much needed playing experience.

Viking head coach Troy Miller will come into the 2021 season with a career mark of 152-247 over 22 seasons.

A BIT ABOUT THE 2020 SEASON:

According to Coach Miller, “COVID really hurt in getting experience for our many freshman and sophomores in 2020 as the season was lost. They will now need to step up and play varsity without much if any junior varsity experience.”

KEY LOSSES TO GRADUATION/TRANSFERS:

The Vikings lose one important senior:

  • Bruster Bengtson

KEY RETURNING PLAYERS FOR THE VIKINGS:

Coach Miller noted three players who he sees as the team leaders:

  • Brandon Malm = a senior who was all-league as a utility player in 2019.
  • Ty Miller = a senior shortstop.
  • Karter Adam = a senior utility player.

VIKING NEWCOMERS WORTH WATCHING:

Coach Miller has a pitcher he says is worth watching in 2021:

  • Kade Blanchat

SEASON OUTLOOK FOR THE VIKINGS:

Coach Miller notes that, “The Vikings play in a very tough league. In the Central Kansas League, we will need our pitching to throw strikes and compete. We will have to score more runs then we give up.”

First 5 Scheduled Games:

Thursday, March 25 = Host Southeast of Saline

Tuesday, March 30 = Host Nickerson

Thursday, April 1 = At Pratt

Tuesday, April 6 = At Hillsboro

Friday, April 9 = Host Lyons

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