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Legion begins summer tour Saturday

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Gazette Staff
June 11, 2010
— Ready or not, Janesville’s American Legion baseball team will open its 2010 season Saturday with a doubleheader at Genoa City.

The Legion has had little time for practice, but first-year coach Bob Schenk isn’t stressing over the situation.


“I’m comfortable with that,” said Schenck. “The opening of Legion season and the high school season kind of run together, and every Legion team has the same situation.’’


Schenck is a veteran baseball coach of 32 years, including the last three as a Legion assistant. Schenck will have Chris Kilen and Brad Rau as his assistants.


Kilen is a former Parker standout who pitched at Northeast Louisiana State, and Rau is Craig graduate who played four years for UW-Oshkosh.


The Legion has six returning players on its 17-member roster. Schenck said the Legion will have to overcome inexperience.


“We are very young,” Schenck said. “Fifteen of the 17 players can come back next year, but that’s not an excuse. These kids know how to play baseball.’’


Zach Whalen, Austin Geller, Andy Kersten, Mike Davis, Tyler Teubert and Christian DeCremer played for Janesville last season.


Schenck wants to have plenty of pitchers to meet this season’s jam-packed schedule.


“We have a lot of games,” Schenck said. “You cannot have enough pitchers.’’


The Legion’s pitchers will include Kersten, Teubert and Johnson of Janesville Parker and Davis of Janesville Craig. Schenck will choose from Dylan Hoskins, Geller, Mitch Phillips, Matt Fiedler, Trent Kobs and Tom Yaucher for relief and spot starts.


Craig’s Christian DeCremer will play center field to key the Legion outfield, along with Parker’s Taran Kobs.


Whalen, a UW-Oshkosh recruit, will handle an infield spot. Aaron Polzin from Parker and Jake Welch from Craig will share catching duties and play infield. Tanner Moe from Parker and Mitch Perkins of Craig will battle to man second base.


The Legion’s young hitters will have to adjust to a higher caliber of pitching. Schenck thinks they are up to the task.


“They will run into real good pitchers,” Schenck said. “Teams have college kids coming back and they have two, three, four good pitchers. They won’t have an off night, the pitching will always be good.’’


Janesville won Southern Wisconsin Region 7 conference championships in 2007-08 and qualified for state in ’08. Schenck said the team’s goal is to win a state tournament berth.


“I’ve watched them play this spring,” said Schenck. “We have capable players.”


The Legion schedule:

June: 12—At Genoa City, 1 p.m. 16—At Beloit, 5 p.m. 18-20—Father’s Day Tournament, (Beloit, Milton, Manitowoc, Oconomowoc). 21—At Racine/Caledonia, 7 p.m. 22—Richmond, DH, 5:30 p.m. 23—Hononegah, 6 p.m. 24—At Waterford DH, 6 p.m. 26—Geneva/Genoa, 1 p.m. 27—At East Troy, 1 p.m. 28—Kenosha Sports, 7:30 p.m. 29—Burlington, 7 p.m. 30—Beloit, 7:30.


July: 1—East Troy, 7:30. 6—Kenosha Merchants, 7:30 p.m. 7—At Hononegah, 6 p.m. 9-11—At Oconomowoc. 12—Racine/Caledonia, 7 p.m. 13—At Beloit, league playoffs, 5:30/7:30 p.m. 16-18—At Plover. 21-24—At Beloit, District. 28-Aug 1—At DePere, state tournament.


August: 5-9—At Matoon, Ill., regionals. 13-17—World Series at Spokane, Wash.


-- Home games at Riverside Park.



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