Prep baseball preview: Cloquet Lumberjacks
The Lumberjacks will lean on their strength at the plate, as pitching remains a question mark.
Head coach: Tyler Olin
Assistant coaches: Luke Olin (varsity assistant); Cody Salo and Zach Johnson (JV)
Returning starters: "Marshall Hayes (IF, P) and Alec Turnbull (P, Utility) are two of our seniors that return with the most experience," coach Tyler Olin said.
New faces: "The junior class as a whole (12 players) will be called on a great deal, especially on the mound," Olin said.
Team Strengths: "I think our hitting/lineup will be our greatest strength," Olin said.
Biggest Challenge: "Pitching will have a lot of new faces. So that inexperience can always be challenging. But, we have arms that are ready in the junior class and also seniors that pitched a bit last year that we hope to find sliding into some bigger roles," he said. "So it will be fun to see which arms step up and fill spots."
"I think our goal is the same as anyone's. We hope to continue to improve as the year goes on, and ultimately our goal is to win the section and advance to the state tournament," Olin said.