Bill Huisman is back on the baseball diamond coaching for the first time since 2014. After 38 years with Centerville, Huisman is going to lead Moravia.
The Mohawks will lose five seniors from last year’s 21-7 squad but will return eight boys along with six newcomers.
Among those returning will be seniors Casey Smith and Hunter Arbogast along with juniors Bryce Kaster, Cason Butz, Wil Martin and Alex Benjamin. Sophomores Ethan Martin also returns.
Smith had a breakout season last year for the Mohawks with the first baseman batting .406 with 29 RBIs. He worked his way up the lineup from the end of last year and will look to start in the middle of the lineup this year.
Arbogast returns as one of the key leaders on and off the field. The shortstop hit .359 last season with two home runs and 24 RBIs while leading the team in doubles (12) and walks (27). As a pitcher, he was 3-2 with a 5.07 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings.
Kaster will be back behind the plate after seeing limited action as a sophomore, taking over for the graduated Mateo Varese.
Butz figures to be a key piece of the middle of the infield after hitting .357 with 17 RBIs. He will play a bigger part on the mound, where Huisman expects him to be one of their top pitchers after owning a perfect 7-0 record to go along with a 2.12 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings.
Huisman will have a plethora of newcomers in freshmen Chase Uhlenhake, Kaleb Templeton and eighth graders Riley Hawkins, Gage Hanes, Caleb Cook and Matthew Seals.
With being out of the game a couple of years, Huisman is getting the lowdown on the new pitch count rules with the help of friend and current Centerville coach Ryan Hodges.
The Mohawks lose four reliable arms from last year’s rotation and only return Butz and Arbogast from that staff. Huisman hopes to find a couple more arms that can throw strikes for him and let his defense do their job.
Moravia returns some nice pieces but their younger players will have to step up for this team to continue to play at a high level. The Mohawks have had three straight 20-plus win seasons and will try to win their fifth straight conference championship.
|5/20||vs EBF||6 p.m.|
|5/21||@ Ankeny Christian Academy||6 p.m.|
|5/23||vs Lamoni||6 p.m.|
|5/24||@ Melcher-Dallas||5 p.m.|
|5/28||vs Twin Cedars||6 p.m.|
|5/30||vs Mormon Trail||6 p.m.|
|5/31||@ Moulton-Udell||6 p.m.|
|6/3||@ Central Decatur||5:30 p.m.|
|6/4||vs Murray||6 p.m.|
|6/6||@ Orient-Macksburg||5 p.m.|
|6/7||vs Seymour||6 p.m.|
|6/11||vs Ankeny Christian Academy||6 p.m.|
|6/12||@ Wayne||5:30 p.m.|
|6/13||@ Lamoni||6 p.m.|
|6/14||vs Melcher-Dallas||6 p.m.|
|6/15||vs Martensdale-St. Mrays (DH)||10 a.m.|
|6/17||@ Southeast Warren (DH)||5:30 p.m.|
|6/18||@ Twin Cedars||6 p.m.|
|6/19||vs Cardinal||6 p.m.|
|6/20||@ Mormon Trail||6 p.m.|
|6/21||vs Moulton-Udell||6 p.m.|
|6/22||vs BGM Brooklyn/I-35||10 a.m.|
|6/25||@ Murray||6 p.m.|
|6/27||vs Orient-Macksburg||6 p.m.|
|6/28||@ Seymour||8 p.m.|
|7/1||vs New London||6 p.m.|
|7/5||vs Lynnville-Sully||6 p.m.|
*DH indicates doubleheader. Times are approximate.