The Mohawks lose just one starter from a team that went 22-8 last year and lost in extra innings in the district final.
Eighth-year head coach Mike Kauzlarich will be looking for his fourth straight conference championship and his third consecutive 20-plus win season. They have a difficult schedule but Moravia has a plethora of talent.
“Our biggest strength heading into the 2018 season is our experience and depth we bring back. For a 1A team, to return your top three pitchers and eight guys from the starting lineup is a huge plus. We will really be counting on two or three underclassman to make major contributions with situational lineups,” head coach Mike Kauzlarich said.
A strong group of five seniors bring plenty of leadership and experience to the Mohawks lineup. Tucker Babbitt, a Class 1A second team all-state third baseman, led the Mohawks in batting average (.413) and stolen bases (23). As a pitcher, he posted a 4-2 record with a 2.22 ERA and 40 strikeouts. Babbitt was a great table setter at the leadoff position for Moravia and should be again this year. He also hit one home run while chipping in 20 RBIs.
Mateo Varese returns after leading the Mohawks in RBIs last year with 27. Varese logged a team-high 44 1/3 innings last season posting a 5-2 record with a 2.05 ERA and a team-high 66 strikeouts.
Griffin Cosgrove also returns to the pitching staff after sporting a 5-1 record last season to go with a 1.84 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 38 innings. Nick Martin adds on to a great lineup after hitting .386 a year ago with 22 RBIs. Brock Sheldon will look to improve after struggling at the plate last season hitting .143.
Junior shortstop Hunter Arbogast hit .377 a year ago with a team-high 29 walks to go with 19 RBIs. In limited work on the mound, Arbogast owned a 3-0 record with a 2.84 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings.
Sophomore Cason Butz will look to build off of a strong freshman season that saw him finish with a .347 batting average to go with 16 RBIs. Junior Brendan Gray joins the team in a utility role while sophomore Bryce Kaster could see some time at catcher.
Moravia doesn’t hit for a lot of power as they only had one home run last season. They go station to station on offense taking their fair share of walks while using great contact hitting. Their pitching staff will be one of the best in the class with not only quality but quantity.
|5/21||@ EBF||5:30 p.m.|
|5/22||vs Southeast Warren (DH)||6 p.m.|
|5/26||@ Central Dewett Tournament||12 p.m.|
|5/29||@ Lamoni||6 p.m.|
|5/30||@ Seymour (DH)||6 p.m.|
|5/31||@ Sigourney||5:30 p.m.|
|6/4||vs Central Decatur||7:45 p.m.|
|6/5||@ Orient-Macksburg||5 p.m.|
|6/6||@ New London||7 p.m.|
|6/7||vs Melcher-Dallas||6 p.m.|
|6/8||vs Moulton-Udell||6 p.m.|
|6/9||@ Fort Madison (DH)||10 a.m.|
|6/12||@ Mormon Trail||6 p.m.|
|6/13||vs Wayne||5:30 p.m.|
|6/15||@ Twin Cedars||6 p.m.|
|6/16||Moravia Tournament||10 a.m.|
|6/19||vs Murray||6 p.m.|
|6/20||@ Cardinal||7:30 p.m.|
|6/21||vs Ankeny Christian Academy (DH)||6 p.m.|
|6/22||vs Seymour||6 p.m.|
|6/23||Moravia Tournament||10 a.m.|
|6/26||@ Davis County||5:30 p.m.|
|7/5||vs Pella Christian||7:30 p.m.|
|7/6||@ Lynnville-Sully||6 p.m.|
*DH indicates doubleheader