Central Montcalm baseball coach happy with season


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 12:25 pm on Friday, July 11, 2014

Central Montcalm’s Oryan Wetherington gets ready to field a ground ball during a game last year. The Hornets finished the season 12-21-1 this year.

STANTON — Central Montcalm’s baseball team was 12-21-1 this spring, but coach Bob Luginbuhl was still happy with the season.

“I was pretty pleased with our level of play,” Luginbuhl said. “I thought we improved as the season went on, starting after the Lakeview loss. After the Lakeview loss in mid-May, we took off after that. We beat some teams with good records after that. That was a stepping stone, so to speak.”

Luginbuhl also saw an improvement in the chemistry of the team, he noted.

“I was real pleased with the culture of the team, how well they interacted with each other and how they were positive with each other,” he said.

Luginbuhl said the attitude of the Green Hornets changed after the loss to the Wildcats.

“I don’t know if it was the time of the year,” he said. “Maybe playing more regularly we started to play better or the frustration of that day that kicked us into gear. But that’s when it clicked.”

There were two players that Luginbuhl noted that were instrumental in the success of the team.

“I thought Oryan Wetherington was an important player for us,” he said of the senior. “We didn’t have many seniors coming back, and he was a very strong leader for us. That was a role he undertook and he provided a lot of experience. He was an important player for us.

“My other senior that flew under the radar was Cody VeltKamp. He wasn’t an out-front type leader but he was very solid defensively for us. Key plays and key bunts. He took the mound a couple of times and he really helped our team.”

Next season is already being prepared for with the current summer baseball season, Luginbuhl said.

“We’re pretty excited one with the way we’re playing at the end of the year,” he said. “We’re playing a summer baseball league and a lot of returning players are playing on that team. They have a good excitement level for playing ball. It gives us hope of taking us to the next level, getting a .500 record or better.”

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