Prep baseball preview: Northwestern Tigers
The Tigers hope the experience they have at pitcher and catcher will be strengths.
Head coach: Ryan Teal
Assistant coaches: Chad Graden
Returning players: Seniors Kole Paulsen and Sean Moroney; juniors Luke Sedin, Jase Nelson, Grady Gustafson, Cole Lahti, Brayden Holsclaw, Gunnar Olson, Trevor Eliason and Bryce Oswskey.
New faces to watch: Sophomore Tyler Nelson and freshman Austin Lahti.
What are the team's biggest strengths?
"Our biggest strengths will be our pitching and catching," Teal said. "If everyone stays healthy, we should have a pretty solid pitching rotation. We have a very solid senior catcher in Kole Paulsen. We should be productive at the plate as well.
"Top to bottom, we should be able to put the ball in play and put the pressure on the defense to make plays," Teal said.
What are the biggest obstacles they will have to overcome?
"The biggest challenge is going to be the weather. We are going to have a lot of games in a short period of time and that creates pitching challenges," Teal said.
"Overall, if we stay healthy and play up to our potential, we will be a team that finishes near the top of our conference," Teal said.