The Golden Knights racked up a 16-10 record a season ago and have gone 33-21 over the past two campaigns. With plenty of experience returning, 14-year head coach Buck Workman has the makings of what could be another solid team.
“I think we have some depth in our pitching,” the veteran mentor stated. “We shouldn’t run out of arms. Just need to keep developing.”
Considering the Black-and-Gold lost four-year starter Zach Wiseman to graduation last Spring, that’s particularly encouraging news. Wiseman had a 21-12 record and career earned run average of 2.19 in addition to averaging more than a strikeout an inning as the ace on the mound. In 2013, he was a First Team All-Ohioan, going 7-2 with a 0.70 ERA and also leading Northmor in hits and runs scored.
Also graduated is Josh Montgomery, who, like Wiseman, received All-MOAC and district honors. He had a .361 batting average and team-best marks of .498 in on-base average and .472 in slugging.
Key players who are back are: Zach Carroll who went 5-2 with a 0.93 ERA and hit at a .333 clip to garner all-conference and all-district accords; three-year letterman James Donner who posted a 2.66 ERA; Zach Neuman, .300 batting average; secondbaseman/pitcher Daniel Donner, pitcher/catcher Jake Farley, outfielder Andrew Stiver and utility player Jardon Vanderkooi.
As far as top prospects are concerned, Workman noted, “We have several sophomores/juniors that lettered last year (and are) looking to step into bigger roles this year.”
“Our defense concerns me with the loss of Wiseman/Montgomery up the middle,” Workman responded.
Goals for his squad?
“Our goal is to compete for another MOAC title and make a nice tourney run,” he stated. In going on about the conference, he noted, “Highland (is) the favorite, while Fredericktown will be tough too. Mount Gilead and Ridgedale are very talented and will surprise. I think Cardington and Centerburg are pretty young. (I) don’t know much about them.”