By Dennis Bowling
Brad White has been around the game for a very long time, and now White is replacing the retired Phil Hudson as varsity baseball coach at Peotone. He has high hopes for the Blue Devils team, as he has eight very talented players returning.
The mound will be a definite strong point for the Blue Devils this season. White has three-year varsity starter senior lefty Austin Marganski. Next are junior left-handed hurler Caleb Hunter and senior righty Colton Krska. The trio will throw to senior catcher Trevor Schweisow.
“Austin is one of our top pitchers,” said White. “With the bat, he’ll be a good hitter at the top of the lineup for us. Caleb can throw strikes and has good command of his pitches. He is a hard worker and is very coachable. He has the potential to pitch in big games for us. Colton is ready to work hard. His bullpen sessions have been really good. Trevor is a great leader and catcher and is also pretty good at second base.”
More key returning players for the Blue Devils from last year’s team, which finished with a 12-17 overall mark, include seniors third baseman Luke Hafner, outfielder Jacob Uthe, and catcher Cory Uthe, plus juniors shortstop Cesar Anaya and outfielder Hunter Bronke.
“Luke has good hands,” said White. “He’ll be right in the middle of our lineup, is a pretty good hitter, and will get on base. Cesar will be a good up the middle of the field player. He is a good leader, who has great range and good hands, and will be in charge of the infield. He always knows what is going on. Hunter is a good aggressive outfielder.”
Marganski has sky high hopes for the Blue Devils.
“We’re looking to do well,” he said. “We have a lot of good athletes on the team. Coach White knows just how we play and has a lot of game experience. We want to go as far as possible. Trevor knows what he is doing behind the plate. He knows my strong points, and we work well together. He keeps me in line.
“Caleb will help us with his heighth and his great velocity to throw the ball. He’ll have a great year. Cesar is a great shortstop and will play a huge role on our team. He is also a good hitter, too. Colton is a solid consistent pitcher. Luke is a great hitter and has a strong bat, too. Jacob is one of our best outfielders.”
Hunter, a 6-foot-5 hurler, is looking to have a great season.
“I am looking and feeling strong,” he said. “I improved on many of my pitches and want to go deep in my games. Austin is a strong and quick pitcher, who throws the ball hard and accurate. Trevor is a pretty good catcher. He just does not miss a beat. Cesar is quick and hits the ball really well. Hunter also is hitting the ball really well.”
On March 22, Peotone will play at Bradley at 4 p.m. On March 24, the Blue Devils will host Evergreen Park at 11 a.m.