Gaylord St. Mary Readies for 2017
GAYLORD – The Gaylord St. Mary baseball program begins its 2017 season with the task of replacing four starters from last year’s Division 4 state semifinalist squad.
Though that could prove to be a daunting task for many programs, the Snowbirds find themselves on good footing, as their top three pitchers who combined to go 29-2 a year ago, return to the mound.
Winners of last year’s Ski Valley Conference championship, the Snowbirds, who went 31-6 and 16-0 in league play, won 16 straight prior to falling to Portland St. Patrick, 2-0, in the semifinals.
"We learned how to play as a team, overcome deficits,” senior Billy Koenig said. “We learned how to play on a big stage. You know, in the Ski Valley, you don’t have that many big stages.”
Among those returning for St. Mary are seniors Koenig, Nick Torsky, Josh Nowicki and Andrew Grief as well as junior Drew Long, who completed a 12-0 sophomore season on the mound.
“We know what it takes, we were there last year,” Torsky said. “We know that there are other good teams out there in this part of the state, all over the state, really, that we’re out to get.”
St. Mary is set to open its season at Traverse City St. Francis on Wednesday, April 12.