Pitching and defense will be keys to Spring Hill’s success as the Broncos take to the field in the season opener at Ottawa, March 26.
“This is one of the strongest pitching staffs we have had at Spring Hill,”said Coach Dave Londene. “We look to also have a solid defense and some hitters.”
Londene led the Broncos to a 17-6 overall record and 9-3 second place Frontier league mark a year ago. In 16 years as head coach , he has an impressive 246-108 record, five Frontier League titles and six regional championships.
Londene will look to senior pitchers Zach Girrens and Lake Johnson for leadership. Girrens had a 6-1 pitching record a year ago and Johnson was a perfect 5-0.
Girrens, a pitcher and first baseman, compiled a 6-1 mark on the mound last spring with one save, 57 strikeouts and 3.20 ERA. He helped his cause with a 538 batting average, 38 RBI, 12 doubles, four triples and 32 runs scored. Those numbers earned Girrens first team All-Frontier League honors as a pitcher and first baseman and a 4A All-State first baseman award.
Equally impressive was Johnson who compiled a 5-0 pitching record with two saves, 27 strikeouts and 2.17 ERA. He batted .367 with 11 RBI, three doubles and 13 runs scored.
Rounding out the Broncos pitching staff will be senior Corey Spader and junior Dalton Young.
First test for Spring Hill comes March 26 in a key match up with league favorite Ottawa. The first pitch is set for 4:30 pm at Orliss Cox field.