By Perry Bell Sports Editor
The Pella Chronicle
---- — Nathan Johnson takes over the reigns at Pella Christian as the varsity boys’ baseball coach this summer.
Johnson was a top notch athlete for Oskaloosa back in his high school days. He is looking at working with the Eagles this year.
The Eagles are coming off a season they posted a mark of 12-22 under the direction of head coach Brad Rolffs.
PC welcomes back six letter winners, who are expected to lead the way on and off the field.
The list includes seniors Caleb Morgan, Spencer Fynaardt, Josh Van Gorp and Alex Campbell. Junior lettermen on the roster include Coltin Collins and Andrew Vander Hart.
Of the group of veterans, Morgan, Van Gorp, Collins and Vander Hart are all listed as pitchers.
Morgan is also a catcher and mid-infielder. Fynaardt catches and plays second base.
Van Gorp puts his talent to work as a first and third baseman, Vander Hart is at third when not pitching and Collins patrols short.
Campbell is the lone outfielder in the group.
Coach Johnson said the strength of the team is the pitching staff and senior leadership.
“The weakness to open the season is learning a new system with a new coaching staff,” Johnson replied.
When asked who the teams to beat are in the Little Hawkeye Conference, Johnson said, “They will all be tough to beat. Our goal is to win conference. Our team has been working hard to achieve that goal.
Johnson added, “My expectation is that we will glorify our Savior Jesus Christ in our actions and the way we play. I expect our team to compete and hustled every game and every play.”
Odds and Ends
The Eagles will face Fairfield at 5:30 today (Thursday) in a non-conference JV-Varsity doubleheader.
Saturday, June 1, the Eagles travel to Eddyville to play in the Eddyville-Blakesburg Tournament.