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Varsity Baseball Looks to Follow Last Year’s Success

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Luke Cheng
Photo courtesy of Luke Cheng.

After a successful season last year, the Boys Varsity Baseball team is returning with high hopes for this year. Their season came to an end last year after making it to the sectional finals, with a disappointing 10-0 loss against Grayslake Central. 

“Last year’s season was a roller coaster of emotions. We won some amazingly close games and celebrated a regional championship,” said first year Head Coach Mike Nilles. “In the wake of Zach’s accident, the community rallied around us during our playoff run.  It was a season I will never forget.”

Photo courtesy of Luke Cheng

According to Nilles, the Scouts’ main goal this year is to still be playing baseball in June. He says, “If you’re playing in June, then you’re doing something right.”

After the loss of some significant players, the team looks to find new players to fill in these big roles. 

“The team this year has lost some important players, but I saw a lot of positive things during our off-season open gyms,” said Nilles. “We are looking to fill a couple positions in the field and on the mound.”

The Scouts finished 21-16 last season (6-8 in North Suburban Conference). The team was very well-balanced roster-wise, led by senior Outfielder Gianni Royer, third baseman Shep Graf, and starting pitcher Sam Larson. All three seniors are currently playing collegiate ball, with Royer at Holy Cross, Graf at Southeastern, and Larson at Denison.

With their first game right around the corner, the Scouts will have a chance to show off their new team, and see if the chemistry will work right this year.  “It seems like everyone gets along and is planning on working hard and having a lot of fun this spring together,” says Nilles.

The Scouts kick off their season playing Saint Viator at home Tuesday, March 12th. With a new team and a new season, the Scouts look to make a deep playoff run, playing every game for #3.

Photo courtesy of Luke Cheng
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Annie Davis, Staff Writer
Annie Davis is a senior at Lake Forest High School and is excited to be a first-year writer for The Forest Scout! She is involved in numerous clubs such as Big 2 Little, Scout Buddies, and Special Olympics. Outside of school you’ll find Annie hanging out with friends, playing her guitar, or reading a good book.
Luke Cheng, Staff Writer
Luke Cheng is a senior at Lake Forest High School. As a freelance sports photographer and videographer, he hopes to contribute to as many LFHS sporting events and games as well as local sporting events as possible for The Forest Scout. When not filming, he enjoys hanging out with friends and sharpening his craft for college.
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Andrew Marsch is a senior at Lake Forest High School. He enjoys playing hockey and hanging out with his friends. This is his first year as a writer and hopes to bring engaging content into the Forest Scout.
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