Last year the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers baseball team had their season end earlier than they wanted to when they lost a play-in game to the region baseball tournament. The team is looking to rebound this season and points to its experience factor as a key. 13 of the 18 players out for the team this year are upperclassmen and about a 3rd of those players will be relied on on the mound.
Andy Lach, Lakers Baseball:I think one of our strengths is probably pitching depth, I don't know if we're gonna have the one guy that'll get out there and shut someone down every time they go out but we'll have 4, 5, 6 guys that can give us quality innings and probably 3 or 4 of them are pretty similar. Hopefully we can be patient and get guys on base and move them around. I don't think we're gonna have a threat to hit the ball out of the park every time they come up. We might have a couple of guys that can hit with a little power but we're primarily gonna try and get guys on base and use speed and you know run on the bases to get people around and.
Alex Davy, Senior:Yeah we got a lot of experience on this team, like you said we only got one guy that graduated so we've all got experience at the varsity level so I think we should be a pretty consistent team this year.
Justin Thomas, Senior:Hopefully we can pull out some wins, go to regionals again and get in the championship of course and hopefully win it, that would be the first time I think in 10 years that we've gone to state so that would be a pretty big deal.
The Lakers will compete in a region that will have to new teams and point to Watford City as the team to beat.
Lach: Watford City's always gonna be good, they have a good summer program there, they have a good spring program so we expect them to finish well. Lewis and Clark has some good players coming back and then you add into the mix MLS, New Town, Ray and Stanley are both teams that are new this year so you know it really could be anybody.
The Lakers are scheduled to open their season on Monday at Max.