WAYNE – Following a winning season and winning over half their games in April, the Wayne High baseball team will look to build off last year’s season.
WHS posted a 12-6 record, winning eight straight at the end of April before falling to Ralston in the B2 District Tournament to open May.
Adam Hoffman will enter his eighth year as head coach for Wayne baseball. Coach Robbie Gamble is back as an assistant coach while volunteer assistants include Jack Belt, Tegan Nissen and Joey Lenihan.
“I’m greatly appreciated of that,” said Hoffman. “Them guys do a good job and I’m comfortable with them. The kids are comfortable with them and so our staff gets along well and it works out really well.”
There are 22 players on the team with three seniors.
Coach Hoffman said all spring sports are in the same boat with practice routines.
“Try to hit when you can, try to throw some bullpen when that’s available,” Hoffman added. “Try to just work on some fundamentals with both infielders and outfield. Try to do some bunt coverages and start implementing some things that you would normally like to do outside.”
The Wayne High baseball team is scheduled to open their season at home Saturday, March 16 during a triangular with Bennington and Mount Michael Benedictine. But with weather, most likely will be postponed with a new date being worked on.
The 2019 WHS team will return all but two seniors who graduated from last year which all the returners should know the basic scenarios.
“I feel comfortable with that and they can help our younger guys,” Hoffman mentioned. “You know we got a pretty good group of freshmen; we got about six of them. We’re excited for all of those guys coming back and we expect a lot out of them and they expect a lot out of themselves, so it works out well.”
Other March games include hosting Arlington (3/18); at Fort Calhoun (3/19); host Bancroft-Rosalie (3/21); double header hosting GACC and Wahoo (3/22); at Douglas County West (3/26); at Crete (3/28) and hosting Norfolk (3/30). All games are pending weather.