BLANCHARD — Even though Montabella’s baseball team finished the season under .500, coach Matt Hynes was happy with the season.
The Mustangs were 11-19-1 on the season, including a 6-9-1 record in the Mid-State Activities Conference. That record was good enough to tie for third in the conference with Vestaburg.
“I’m very happy with this year,” Hynes said. “The guys worked hard. I didn’t know what was going to happen this year because last year we graduated six starters. We had a lot of guys step up and step up pretty nicely.”
Hynes said there wasn’t a real signature win for the Mustangs this year.
“We didn’t have the big shock win, but against Lakeview we came back in the last inning down seven and tied it,” Hynes said “We didn’t win it but we came back and that was great. Against Vestaburg we came back five runs in the last inning. Beating Coleman in Coleman was a big win.”
Hynes especially liked how his team played away from Blanchard.
“What I was mostly impressed with was more than a few wins came on the road,” he said. “We had a few wins at home and we played better on the road this season.”
There were a few players Hynes thought stepped up big this season.
“Who stepped up the most this year was Nate Bandfield,” Hynes said. “He was a two-year starter for us. He threw 92 1/3 innings. He pitched 14 of the 16 league games this season.
“Nate Jankowsky did really good. He did a lot of sacrificing for us. He was a really good batter.
“Drew Nemeth stepped up for us. On the mound he lost only one time this year. He stepped up nicely to be our No. 2 pitcher.”
Hynes will have to deal with a similar problem of graduating seniors that he had last year.
“Just like last year we were very senior led and next year will be totally different,” he said. “We’ll only have two seniors next year. I do have some good JV players who will be moving up. Dan Cutler had a nice season at third base. I look for Chase Murray and Brady Burggren to step up on the mound which will help out Jankowsky and Nemeth.