Mount Baker Mountaineers prep baseball preview capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 13, 2014 

MOUNT BAKER MOUNTAINEERS

Coach: Quinn LeSage

Last year: Finished tied for ninth in the Northwest Conference with a 4-8 record. ... Ended season after going 0-1 in the Class 1A State Tournament and finished 10-15 overall.

Players to watch: Andrew Zender (sr., INF/P); Cody Larson (sr., INF/P); Seth Bass (sr., OF): Jacob Marr (sr., UTL/P)

Outlook: The Mountaineers enter this spring looking to build off last year's state tournament appearance, and they return a number of players who help the club put together its 10-win season. Mount Baker hadn't played a postseason game of any kind for six seasons before Baker ran the table at districts last season and qualified for the Class 1A State Tournament. The confidence gained should benefit the Mountaineers. Key pieces this spring include senior pitcher Andrew Zender, who returns to the mound and gives the Mountaineers a reliable arm. Senior Jacob Marr also is expected to eat up innings. Not only has Zender proved he can get it done on the mound, he gives Mount Baker a strong bat coach Quinn LeSage can put in the heart of the Mountaineers' lineup. Pitcher and infielder Cody Larson is also a senior LeSage will undoubtedly look for big things out of this spring. Mount Baker will have to replace graduated players Kaleb Brownfield and Titus Balvanz. Both were essential for Mount Baker and played well during the club's postseason run.

2014 ROSTER

Player Year Pos.

Colton Ranson Jr. UTL/P

Balyn Jacoby So. UTL/P

Jacob Marr Sr. UTL/P

Seth Bass Sr. OF

Cody Larson Sr. INF/P

Kyle Silves Sr. OF

Andrew Zender Sr. INF/P

*Unable to obtain 2014 roster from coach. Roster is based of last year's club.

2014 SCHEDULE

March 17 at Lynden Christian 4:30 p.m.

March 20 Nooksack Valley 4:30 p.m.

March 21 Squalicum 4:30 p.m.

March 25 at Ferndale 4 p.m.

March 26 at Blaine (at Pipeline) 4:30 p.m.

March 31 at Cascade (at West Valley Col.) 1 p.m.

March 31 at Cashmere (at West Valley Col.) 3 p.m.

April 9 Bellingham* 4:30 p.m.

April 11 Ferndale* 4:30 p.m.

April 14 Lynden Christian* 4:30 p.m.

April 16 at Nooksack Valley* 4 p.m.

April 18 at Sehome* (at Joe Martin) 4 p.m.

April 21 at Lynden* 4 p.m.

April 23 Burlington-Edison* 4:30 p.m.

April 25 at Sedro-Woolley* (at Janicki) 4 p.m.

April 26 at Friday Harbor TBD

April 28 Blaine* 4:30 p.m.

April 30 Squalicum* 4:30 p.m.

May 2 at Anacortes* 4 p.m.

May 5 at Meridian* 4 p.m.

*NWC game

Reach ANDREW LANG at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call ext. 862.

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