Season Preview

The Cavaliers enter the 2022 season with high expectations. The program has enjoyed recent success, including an NJCAA National Championship in 2017, and are poised to make a run at another Region IV Championship this spring. In 2021 the team finished with a 37-20 record and a 3rd place finish in the Region IV Tournament.

The Cavaliers believe they have talent to get to a Region IV Championship. The game starts with pitching, and the Cavaliers have several key players returning to go along with several talented arms being added to the staff. Returners Dylan Wolff (7-1, 66 IP), Trent Spoon (5-3, 69.1 IP), Gavin King (3-2, 50.2 IP) Kyle Iwiniski (6-3, 71.1 IP), Matt Lelito (3-1, 32 IP), Tanner Sobkoviak (1-1, 19 IP), and Malachi Mabins are joined by first-year pitchers Joel Holtcamp, Ryan Eiermann, Brodi Winge, Ben Dickerson, Nick Barlow, Isaiah Immke, Gabe King and Jake Pevion.

“We like our starting pitching and feel we have depth in the bull pen,” says Head Coach Todd Post. “We will see who steps up out of the bullpen and is successful in the closer role.”

The catching duties will belong to returning All Region player Garrett Latoz and first year players Kyle Czarnecki, Hayden Stork and Lucas Bateman. Czarnecki and Bateman also will see action at 3B.

The infield consists of returning All-American 1B Owen Jackson along with 1B Danny Puplava, middle infielders Beyoncé Paulina, Dailan Reece, Jack Michaels and Immke. Andy Onnen joins Czarnecki and Bateman at the hot corner.

The outfield consists of returning All-Region RF Joey Humphrey and CF Drake Schrodt. Freshmen outfielders will be Braedan MacDonald and Anthony Sykes.

“We feel we have some thunder in our lineup and good team speed,” says Post. “This will help us put pressure on our opponents and score runs in a variety of ways. Consistent pitching and defense are always the keys to winning in a very competitive Region IV Tournament.”

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