There are two things I teach the boys that are all-American. One’s the good old flag and one’s baseball.
Tim Murnane, 1908
Many people are wondering what happened to spring this year. With the less than spring like weather, the ROHRER’s ball club has been practicing on Memorial field and in the batting cage. Despite the cold temperatures, the boys have been practicing their fundamentals.
Manager Grace, along with coaches Biever, Kaunas, Shappell and Lipko, have been putting the boys through their paces. All in all the boys look pretty good.
On talking with Manager Grace, he stated, “We can hold our own this year, even though we lost some big hitters and good pitching with the departure of Jake Biever, Drew Grace, and MJ Oswald who were the backbone of the winning season last year. We’re going to need good pitching, a lot of strikes and some good hitting, but ,all in all, I think we will hold our own against most of the teams.”
This year returning veterans Brent Kaunas, Dylan Biever, Blake Lipko, and Nate Dixon will make the rotation on the mound for the ball club.
The returning veterans this year will include Nate Dixon, Brent Kaunas, Dylan Biever, Dylan Grace, Blake Lipko and Todd Shappell. The club will need to look to these players to bring a winning season once again.
We also picked up a fine group of rookies for the upcoming season. They include Andrew Phillips, JT Fulkrod, Kyle Bainbridge, Matthew Ross and Troy Oswald
In the opinion of this writer, the returning veterans are strong in the field and on the mound. We should have some power hitting with the returning veterans and good base running. The upcoming rookies look pretty good at practice and they are all veterans of the minor league and have the good knowledge of the fundamentals of baseball. There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm on the club and the boys look like they will perform well.
On Saturday last, Rohrer’s went up against McDonald’s in an exhibition game and our boys looked good. The boys had some hits. The fielding was excellent and the pitching was good. Overall they looked okay, but it’s still a little early to say what the outcome will be on opening day.
Opening day is only five days away at this writing and there is every reason to believe the ball club will be in the hunt for the Orwigsburg Little League title honors. We have a good ball club that has the ability to sail along once it gets into its stride. The veterans are seasoned and returning from a championship club, but I find, with all this talent returning this year, we still need to have consistency on the mound and good hitting the bat. We picked up a lot of good ballplayers from the minor leagues this year. And once we get rolling, I’ll declare that the other teams will have to watch out.
The race for the title will not be an easy one with Millers and Boyers also in the hunt. But I look for a good and consistent team this year. Our pitchers in the rotation can hold her own with any in the league. The infield will be strong and quick and the outfield will make its mark.
So we will wait for our opening day and see how our club does against Millers.
The club will open on Saturday, 6 April with the Millers club, which seems to be a very strong club within the league.
Best wishes to our club and coaches for a most successful season !
Our Boys in Practice and at play
The Manager And Coaches
ON THE MOUND
THE NEW LOOK OF THE ROHRER'S CLUB