Wildcat baseball ready to get season started

’Cats look to improve record this season with seven new signees


Nate Neary, Staff Writer

Baseball season is right around the corner, and Head Coach Alex Koch is ready.
“We expect to win a lot more games this season,” Koch said. “We have a good core of guys with some youth and transfers.”
Wayne State College went 15-28 overall last year. the team finished ninth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a league record of 12-16.
Last year, the Wildcats had no problem hitting the ball, and Koch expects that to be a strong point again this season. However, pitching is an area the ‘Cats need to improve on.

“We struggled from the mound last year. We’re really looking to improve on that going into this season,” Koch said.
Asked further on areas the ’Cats need to improve on, the coach said fielding was on his short list. “Defensively, we need to get better. Our infield has improved during the offseason.”

According to Koch, there is a handful of players to keep an eye on.
“Bobby St. Pierre, Aidan Breedlove, Teague McFadden, Tanner Ledezma, Aaron Krier, Cody Jenkins and Bodie Cooper are all players to watch this season,” Koch said.
Pierre and Jenkins, both seniors, were listed as Wildcats to watch by the NSIC.
Pierre, who is a transfer from Madonna University in Michigan and recorded 24 saves last season, will move into the starting rotation for the ‘Cats.
Jenkins, who plays third base for the Wildcats, batted a healthy .337 last season with five home runs and 29 RBIs. He was second on the team with hits and doubles, with 55 and 13 respectively.
A pillar of strength for WSC is going to be its senior leadership.
“We have 12 seniors on our team and all are expected to play a big role,” Koch said.
WSC will be on the road for the season opener on Feb. 18, playing a doubleheader at Newman University in Kansas that starts at noon.