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H.S. Baseball: North Linn Preview

Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 1:39 PM CDT
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TROY MILLS, Iowa (KCRG) - To say the players are happy to be playing baseball this summer is an understatement.

“My dad is been pushing me and my brother to keep throwing and stuff like that. Once that tweet from the state came out yes finally baseball finally something to do that doesn’t have to do with yard work”, says North Linn senior Parker Bechen.

North Linn sophomore Austin Hilmer says, “We got second last year so getting to go back and try to win it this year or get down there again and prove people wrong after losing three good seniors it’s good we still get to play.

With Iowa being the first state to play high school this summer then hole country will be watching to see how it goes.

It is a little nerve-racking thinking about the whole country is zoned in on us. It is kind of cool to think about it.

“Coaches are really enforcing the social distancing. To keep our distance from each other”, says North Linn senior Nathan McEnany.

“Really just making the kids aware of what they need to be doing to keep themselves safe and they’ve done a really good job. Then after that, it’s just baseball again”, says North Linn head coach Travis Griffith.

North Linn even held a social distancing team picture.

“I am glad Doug came out and did that because I don’t think we’re really going to have a team picture to commemorate this season. I am really thankful for Doug coming out.”

North Linn is loaded again this season in baseball and softball, both teams are starting the season ranked number one in the state.

“It’s really cool having baseball and softball being top-ranked teams in the state. That doesn’t happen very often at the same school. I think we both have pretty good programs going on right now and we will see hopefully we can go down there and both get titles.”

“Pitching is going to matter a lot early because arms are going to be out of shape. We only have two weeks to do we normally do in 8 to 10 weeks. Three years in a row at the state tournament, a chance to finish the fourth hopefully. This has been a pretty special group.”

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