Mustangs look to replace talented class

After winning state championships in 2013 and 2014, the Mounds View High School baseball team found itself having to replace some important and talented players the following seasons. While the 2015 squad came up short in its quest for a third straight championship, it wasn’t because a lack of talent, which is evidenced by the list of players that graduated off that team.

A dozen Mustangs, including eight who are playing college baseball this spring, need to be replaced. 

“The Mustangs lose an outstanding core of players from 2015,” said Mounds View head coach Mark Downey.

The 12 players who graduated pitched 62 percent of the innings and had 80 percent of the at bats in 2015.

“With the loss of so many starting players in 2015, we’re looking forward to a great deal of opportunity and competition for varsity playing time,” Downey said. “We expect to see a number of different players earn some varsity playing time early in the season as they compete for playing time in the second half of the season and on into the section playoffs.”

Set to lead the team in 2016 are senior captains Jeff LeMay, Bo Lovdahl and Nick Lovdahl. LeMay is a catcher and outfielder while the Lovdahls pitch and play infield and outfield, respectively.

“We expect Nick Lovdahl and Bo Lovdahl to anchor the pitching staff and there are many players that will compete for time on the mound in 2016,” Downey said. “We go into the season inexperienced at the varsity level on the mound. The success of the Mustangs in 2016 will largely be determined by how well we are able to develop a pitching staff throughout the season going into the section playoffs.”

Also back after playing significant innings in 2015 is junior infielder Ryan Nickel. Other retuning players from last year’s playoff roster include seniors Nate Fredrickson (catcher), Carter Rholl (infield, catcher) and Holden Schmidt (outfield, pitcher) and juniors Erik Holloman (infield, pitcher) and Ross Indlecoffer (infield, pitcher, catcher).

Other seniors on this year’s roster include Dan Cline (pitcher, infield), Dimitri Fatsis (infield), Joe Hagen (infield), James Hayden (outfield) and Mike Scholl (infield).

“Playing outstanding defense will always be an emphasis and we expect to be solid here again in 2016,” Downey said. “The Mustangs lose a great deal of offense from 2015 and we are looking for players to step up in 2016 to produce offensively.”

This is the first year of four classes in Minnesota high school baseball and the Mustangs are one of 64 schools in the largest class, Class AAAA. All nine teams in the Suburban East Conference are Class AAAA teams.

Mounds View is the defending Suburban East champion after winning the league by three games in 2015. Among the teams expected to challenge for the crown this year is Woodbury, which returns eight starters from its 2015 team.

“There is good competitive balance throughout the conference as always,” Downey said.

Mounds View was placed in Section 5AAAA along with Centennial, Champlin Park, Coon Rapids, Irondale, Park Center, Spring Lake Park and Totino-Grace. All eight teams were in Section 5AAA last season.

Mounds View opens the season this week against a former section foe. Osseo, which is in Section 8AAAA this year, hosts the Mustangs on April 9 at 1 p.m. The Orioles open their season the day before against Wayzata.

The Mustangs have three games on the docket next week, including the conference opener against Woodbury on April 11. Mounds View travels to East Ridge on April 13 and 2015 Class AAA state champion Chanhassen on April 16.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

2016 Mounds View High School
baseball schedule

April 9

April 11 

April 13 

April 16 

April 18 

April 19 

April 20 .

April 22

April 25

April 27

April 29

May 2

May 4

May 7

May 9

May 11

May 13

May 16 

May 18 

May 20

at Osseo

vs. Woodbury

at East Ridge

at Chanhassen

vs. Stillwater

vs. Centennial

at Forest Lake

at Park-Cottage Grove

vs. Cretin-Derham Hall 

vs. White Bear Lake

at Roseville

at Woodbury

vs. East Ridge

vs. Irondale

at Stillwater 

vs. Forest Lake

vs. Park-Cottage Grove

at Cretin-Derham Hall

at White Bear Lake

vs. Roseville

1 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

3 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

1 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

10 a.m.

 

 

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