By Ben Murphy
With the departure of longtime head coach Marc Yenkel in the off-season, the Clare baseball team is calling on new head man Skeet Colosky to continue the Pioneers’ storied tradition.
Colosky, a Clare graduate in 2000 knows as well as anyone of the team’s history, having been a coach in the program since 2002 and serving as the junior varsity head coach since 2008.
“Every year our goal is to put together a team that will contend for a Jack Pine Conference trophy and make a strong showing in the post season,” Colosky said. “Meridian, Beaverton, Gladwin and Farwell will all have solid squads with the rest of the conference improved from last year.”
The coach has a total of eight returning players from last year’s team that went 23-12, a group that includes five seniors. Those seniors being Hunter Ruby (pitcher, outfield), James Baer (catcher, first base, pitcher), Garrett Jenkins (pitcher, first base, outfield), Brock Swan (outfield, pitcher), Jeffrey Staten (second base, pitcher), along with juniors Colton Punches (pitcher, third base), Logan Emery (short stop, pitcher) and sophomore Charlie Bugbee (middle infield, outfield, pitcher).
New to the team are seniors Mitch Greenacre (outfield), Spencer Harrell (outfield) and juniors Matthew Magnus (first base, catcher, pitcher), Zach Tyler (outfield, infield, pitcher), Chris Dysinger (pitcher, outfield), Nick Montini (second base, outfield) and Bob Green (first base, outfield).
So far, the coach hasn’t let the inability to get outside let his team fall behind.
“The players are getting some good preseason work done,” Colosky said. “Players are improving and working on their baseball techniques. I have been pleasantly impressed by the work they have put forth. We have a good mix of players that bring a relaxed intensity to the game of baseball. They are fun to coach.”
Clare opens its season April 9, hosting Bullock Creek.