With the winter season ending, the Marysville Getchell baseball team is back to work and looking to make some noise this season which, unfortunately, has been put on hold for at least six weeks because of the school closings due to the coronavirus.
Last season the Chargers dealt with injuries to key players and finished with a league record of 3-15 and an overall record of 4-16. Over the offseason they only lost four seniors from their varsity roster and return six juniors and four seniors coming into the year.
With one of their best rosters in a few years, Marysville Getchell will look to put together their first league record over .500 since the 2015-2016 season, where they finished 8-7.
“Two years ago, we threw a group of freshmen into the fire. Now they’re juniors and we have been able to see a ton of growth and they are ready to lead by example. This is the best group we’ve had since I’ve been here and it’s very exciting heading into the season,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Gabriel Rochon.
All eyes will be on the Chargers’ junior class that includes Malakhi Knight, Trevor Loucks and Josiah Koellmer.
Knight has been highly touted as one of the best prospects in the country since he was a freshman and is currently committed to Oregon State University. He was on the All-Wesco Second Team as an infielder during his freshman year but missed a large part of last season due to injury. He will come into this season as a leader in the outfield alongside Loucks.
Trevor has been one of the best outfielders in the area since his freshman year as he has been recognized as an All-Wesco First Team member during both the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Koellmer stepped up last season at the shortstop position as he earned a spot on the All-Wesco Second Team. He will also be contributing on the mound this year as he will fill a slot in the pitching rotation.
Alongside the strong junior class there will be a few players returning as seniors and a couple of new faces that will be earning varsity roles as freshmen.
Garrett Devereux and Matt Card have stepped up into senior leadership roles over the offseason. Devereux is known as one of the smartest players on the team and will be the starter at catcher. Card had a strong start his freshman season as he earned All-Wesco Second Team honors as an infielder but has dealt with injuries over the last two seasons. He will look to get healthy and finish out his high school career with a strong senior year.
As for the freshmen, Ethan Jury and Keegan Agen have been stepping up in early practices as they battle for varsity spots. Jury will be playing most of his time in the infield while Agen looks to earn innings at outfielder.
“Right now, our plan is to get these guys as many live reps as we can and put them in game-like situations. We need to stay the course, block out the outside noise and take care of ourselves. All I can ask of them is that they focus on themselves and do their jobs,” said Coach Rochon.
Due to the Coronavirus, games are currently being postponed for safety purposes. Currently, the Chargers first home game is scheduled to be against the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks on Wednesday, April 29 at 4 p.m.