The sport of baseball has caught fire at Lincoln Lutheran since its beginning in 2012, when the Warriors joined Wahoo and Raymond Central to form a joint team. Now in its fifth year, the team is looking forward to another successful spring season.
Although Lincoln Lutheran is new to the sport of baseball, they still bring a respectable number of athletes to the team this year. This season’s team will feature 19 total Lincoln Lutheran students spanning across all four classes. That number will represent about one-third of the team. Raymond Central will add another 5, while the remaining two-thirds come from host school, Wahoo. In past seasons, Lincoln Lutheran athletes have made up a good majority of the starting positions on the team.
Over the offseason, baseball athletes like senior Jake Killham have been preparing for the upcoming season by throwing and hitting on weekends in Wahoo.
This season’s team will be full of youth, without a wealth of experience, but senior Austin Oerman sees it as an opportunity for the underclassmen to step up. He said, “A big success would be seeing progress from the younger kids and seeing us get back to the top of our conference. We don’t have a whole lot of seniors, so if we can see the kids progress, that’d be big.”
As a whole, the team has aspirations of winning their highly competitive Conference Tournament. Some of the senior leaders have also set individual goals for themselves, heading into their final year of high school competition. Andrew Blum is focused on “throwing a no-hitter”, while Austin Oerman wants to combine 40 RBI’s and 25 stolen bases this season.
One would think that playing on a team where your teammates are opponents in other sports could be difficult, but Blum says that overall it’s “fun seeing them compete in other sports.” Oerman enjoys how the baseball team is joined with other schools, saying, “I’d still play if it were an LL-only team, but getting to meet players and coaches from other schools has been one of my favorite things.”
After going 15-12 last season, the Warriors look to improve on that record and make some noise in the Class B race this spring. This group wants to get back to the State Tournament in May and believe that they can get it done.