After nearly three weeks of practice, the Spring Hill High School Bronco  varsity baseball season will begin with a double-header at Ottawa High School, March 30.
The SHHS C-team takes the field with a home double-header against Shawnee Mission East High School on March 26, and the junior varsity travels to East for a double-header, March 30.
Head coach Dave Londene returns for his 18th season and hopes to improve on last year’s 9-9 record and fifth place Frontier League finish.
Londene will look to returning pitchers junior Ivan Hughes, and seniors Troy Gardner and Ryker Johnson for leadership.
Other top returners include Garrett Kroutch, a senior catcher; Jordan Henning, a senior center fielder; Michael Londene, a senior left fielder; Charles Elam, a senior first baseman and right fielder; and Austin Stork, a senior second baseman.
Top newcomers include Caleb Volkman,a senior pitcher and outfielder; Cameron Mills, a junior second baseman; Drew Burger, a sophomore second baseman; and Michael Werlein, a junior outfielder.
“Six returning starters will give us some experience,” said Londene. “We should have a very good defense and solid pitching depth.”
Londene looks at defending 4A state champ De Soto High School to be the league favorite. Other top teams will be Ottawa and Paola High School.
“The team has set goals to win league, regional and the state title,” Londene said. “The Frontier League is one of the toughest leagues in the state each year. Someone out of our league always makes a run in the state tournament. Last year, De Soto and Paola played in the state title game.”