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2019 Forest City High School Baseball team

The 2019 Forest City High School Baseball team. (front row, from left) Noah Miller, Avery Busta, Reese Moore, Brock Moore, Cody Hall, Jordan Spooner and Cade Gerdes; (middle row) Chris Rippentrop, Austin Gerdes, Isaiah Monson, Trey Blaser, Kaleb Umbaugh and Riley Helgeson; (back row) coach Jason Blaser, coach Trey MacTaggart, Blaze Andersen, Luke Johnson, Micah Lambert, coach Michael Bohl and coach Jeff Jerome.

Expectations are high for the Forest City baseball team, led by 14th-year coach Jeff Jerome.

The Indians are deep this season, with a plethora of seniors hoping to end their respective careers on a high note.

The Indians held a 17-10 record last season, good for second place in the Top of Iowa Conference behind Newman Catholic.

“We have a lot of possibilities with younger athletes at this point with a lot of evaluation time coming through the first several games of the season,” Jerome said.

Senior Avery Busta will look to capitalize on a stellar junior season that saw him bat .382 with 11 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Reese Moore, an incoming freshman, batted .371 as an eighth-grader last season.

The Indians are without their top two pitchers from last season, so Busta figures to be among those to make up for those losses. Busta pitched 16 1/3 innings last season, holding an ERA of 3.00.

“We look forward to getting on the field to compete,” Jerome said. “There are several really good pitchers around the area which will lead to a lot of competitive games.”

First-week games: May 20 at Hampton-Dumont (results were not available at press time); May 21 at Northwood-Kensett; May 22 at Bishop Garrigan.

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