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2019 West Hancock Baseball team

The 2019 West Hancock High School Baseball team. (front row, from left) Dylan Smidt, Nate Tue, Ian Connor, Zack Monson, Caeden Harle, Bennett Bruns, Jackson Johnson, Irvin Gomez, Ty Peterson, Parker Feuring and Levi Eckels. (second row) Rhett Eisenman, Luke DeWaard, Jake Wood, Tyler Ford, Colton Cheever, Tanner Hagen, Blake Baker, Cayson Barnes, Braden Walk, Matt Larson, Logan Leerar and Tate Hagen. (third row) Rylan Barnes, Kane Zuehl, Chandler Redenius, Mathew Francis, Caleb Eckels, Tristan Hunt, Gavin Becker, Brayden Leerar, Lucas Weiland and Cole Wood.

Much like West Hancock’s softball team, the Eagles’ baseball program is looking to improve after a lackluster 2018 season.

A trio of key seniors (Caleb Eckels, Gavin Becker and Colton Cheever) return, as well as five juniors.

Last season, junior Tate Hagen led the team with a .275 batting average and eight RBIs. Hagen was also the team’s primary pitcher, tallying 30 innings and holding a 5.37 ERA.

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Gavin Becker, another senior, had the third-most innings (25 2/3) and had a team-best 4.91 ERA.

“The attitudes shown in other sports needs to translate to the baseball field this year to support the number of arms on the team,” coach Josh Eisenman said. “Overall, the conference should be pretty even top to bottom.”

First-week games: May 20 at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows (Results were not available at press time); May 21 vs. Nashua-Plainfield; May 24 at Rockford.

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