Frankfort’s Zimmerman Approaching Coaching Milestone
FRANKFORT – After 29 years at the helm of the Frankfort baseball program, Mike Zimmerman has learned that every team is different.
This spring, Zimmerman returns a loaded lineup that features seven juniors, including two-time all-state catcher Brett Zimmerman.
“It’s a very good class athletically,” Mike Zimmerman said. “It’s one of those deals where I started coaching these guys when they were four or five because of my son being in the group. It’s just kind of that tradition that you see and you can feel it in the group as they grow up.
We’re young in a way that we have seven juniors that will probably start for us, maybe eight. But the good news I guess is that even though there’s a lot of juniors that we will have in our lineup, like six of them played as freshmen and sophomores, so to have that kind of varsity experience is pretty unusual.”
As the coach watched his son’s baseball teams grow up, he could tell that it was a special group.
“It’s a lot of our little league team that has just brought up with each other up until now,” son Brett Zimmerman said. “It’s like kids are still playing a lot of the same positions they always have.”
“We’ve been playing for a long time together,” junior Griffin Kelly added. “It’s good to play together and to get to know each other. It’s like you can expect what to like get out of your teammates and know what they’re going to do out there.”
Mike Zimmerman is also poised to reach a coaching milestone this season, as he sits five wins shying of reaching 500 career wins.
“He’s always had so many good teams. He’s had so much experience that we all trust him,” Brett Zimmerman said. “It’s kind of just whatever he tells us, we have faith that that’s going to do us best.”
Frankfort (6-0, 2-0) opened its Northwest Conference season Tuesday with a pair of wins over Suttons Bay.
The Panthers return to the diamond Saturday morning, hosting the Frankfort Invitational.