Polars will rely on leadership to move up in CSC baseball standings

The North Polars will return to the baseball diamond looking to improve on the 7-14 overall and 5-9 Classic Suburban Conference records of a year ago.

Aiding the North optimism will be a packet of seniors who are returning with varsity experience from last spring’s action.

Two of those seniors, in the persons of Scott Horner and Mike Richter, are serving as the 2006 captains.

Horner is expected to see action at third base, when he isn’t in his normal left field position.

Richter, a center fielder, will return to that spot for North this season.

“We have a good returning senior class,” North head coach Judd Sather said. “We hope to be able to hit the ball well. If we are going to have a problem, it will be in our depth at the pitching position.”

Sather is returning for his sixth season as mentor of the Polars. During the previous five stints he has posted an overall mark of 56-48.

Aiding the North cause this spring will be assistant coaches Scott Gazvoda and Steve Pignato.

In addition to captains Richter and Horner, North seniors returning will be Matt Borndale who will play in the infield and the outfield, pitcher right-hander Derek Holmberg, left-handed pitcher Cole Hutchens, Dusty Adams, as catcher and outfielder, and second sacker Kyle Gardner.

The Polars will also be bolstered by sophomore shortstop Matt Puhl.

Sather looked around the conference and put the finger on Hill-Murray, Sibley and Tartan as the teams most likely to be contenders for the title come the end of May.

North will open the season on the road when they meet White Bear Lake in the Metrodome, 5 p.m., on April 6.

April 10, the Polars are scheduled to play at Simley before they play their “home” opener April 12 at 4 p.m. when they are scheduled to host Richfield at Kuenkel Field.

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