Coach: Donny Hennigs
Last year: Finished tied for fifth in the Northwest Conference with a 7-5 record. ... Ended season after going 0-2 during the Class 3A Distric Tournament, finishing 10-11 overall.
Players to watch: Brady Shearer (sr., C); Kyler Brudwick (sr., 3B); Kyler Schemstad (jr., P/OF); Corbin Puhan (sr., SS); Kyle Sandstrom (jr., OF)
Outlook: The Golden Eagles bring a solid mix of returners and newcomers into this spring. Ferndale coach Donny Hennigs admitted the club has some holes to fill, but the presence of nine seniors should help massage the transition for some of the new faces. “We’ve got some pretty good leadership,” Hennigs said in a phone interview, “but with that there’s a lot that haven’t had a ton over varsity experience.” Headlining the Golden Eagles is senior three-year starting catcher Brady Shearer, who Hennigs is expecting a big year out of. He should be extremely beneficial to Ferndale’s somewhat inexperienced pitching staff. Senior third baseman Kyler Brudwick and senior shortstop Corbin Puhan should also be fixtures in the team’s lineup. Junior center fielder Kyle Sandstrom adds nice speed to the lineup, and Hennigs is confident Ferndale can be a strong-hitting team. Pitching could be more of a question mark, but junior Kyler Schemstad is expected to take over the team’s lead role, and the Golden Eagles have a number of younger pitchers they are excited to see throw at the varsity level. “It will kind of be trail by error, and we’ll see which one of the guys steps up,” Hennigs said. Ferndale has a total of nine seniors, which is far more than the club’s had in the past, and Hennigs said he’s hoping the the veteran group can thrive off its past experiences.