Dick Selgo, Archbold head baseball coach, welcomes back eight letterwinners for the 2016 season.
Selgo starts his eighth season at the helm of the Blue and Gold and has compiled a 153-81 record.
Last season the Streaks finished 20-6, 5-3 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League.
Selgo lost five letterwinners to graduation, but is quick to point out that this year’s squad “is a hardworking group that is very competitive. They will give everything they’ve got every time on the field.”
Returning seniors are Lathon Babcock (pitcher/ outfield, First Team All- NWOAL, 1.9 earned run average, 6-1 record); Derek Walker (shortstop/pitcher, honorable mention All- NWOAL, .292 batting average, 11 stolen bases, 1.20 ERA, 3-2 record); Ben Bucklew (pitcher-third base, honorable mention All-NWOAL, .296 BA, 19 runs batted in, 2.81 ERA, 6-2 record); Seth Mayer (first base/second base, .273 BA); Isaac Petersen (outfield, .232 BA).
Juniors back are Toby Walker (center field, honorable mention All-NWOAL .364 BA); Ian Radabaugh (outfield/first base, .313 BA).
Sophomore Sam Petersen (pitcher-third base, 0.86 ERA, 16 1/3 innings pitched, will miss most or all of season due to injury) rounds out the returnees.
Newcomers looking to contribute are sophomores Gabe Petersen, Bryce Williams, and Brandon Miller.
“We should be very solid defensively,” said Selgo.
“We also have some pitchers coming back that were very effective last season.
“However, our hitting and scoring runs will be a question mark. This may be a big factor in how our season goes.”
As far as the race for the NWOAL title, “Bryan is usually in the race for the league title, and I don’t see any reason why they won’t be again, until someone proves otherwise,” said Selgo.
Jeff Brunswick is the assistant varsity coach, while Tom Vershum and Scott Foor are volunteer assistant varsity coaches. Jon Fether is the junior varsity coach, and Mike Fether is a volunteer assistant JV coach.
Archbold is scheduled to open its season, Saturday, March 26, at Ottawa- Glandorf.