Horizon baseball in midst of youth movement
If you look at certain parts of the diamond, the Horizon baseball team can be mistaken for a junior varsity squad.
The Huskies have undergone a youth movement this year, as five of the team’s eight position players are either freshmen or sophomores. Third baseman Matt Kroon and second baseman George Jennings are the sophomores, while catcher Ryan Bricker, shortstop Josh Bristyan and right fielder Ben Lewis are freshmen.
Understandably, the team started slowly, but picked it up with the Big League Dugout Invitational tournament title with a win over Brophy on Thursday.
Horizon coach Eric Kibler said it’s a balancing act teaching his young regulars.
“You’ve got to be patient, but you’ve got to push them at the same time,” he said. “They’ve come a long way. I’m really proud of them.”
Trevor Horn was named the tournament MVP for his play this week, including a 2-for-3 showing with two doubles and three RBIs in the championship game. Horn, a junior, said the emergence of the underclassmen has given the Huskies a jolt.
“They’ve definitely brought something different to our team,” he said. “I think it’s helping us a little bit. We’re all working a lot harder.”
Horizon is only 3-4 in power point games, which leaves it No. 39 in the latest standings, but hopes to be turning it on at the right time.
“We just need to take this into next week,” Kibler said. “That’s what this tournament is for.”