Baseball Team Looks Forward for Success in Upcoming Season

By: Rece Finck, OHS Torch Reporter

Olympia High School’s baseball team has been putting in lots of work during this past off seasons in preparation for the upcoming spring season as four seniors signed to play college baseball next year including Isaac Riegler, Mason Marquis, Spencer Smith, and Rece Finck.

After the Spartan’s 17-14 season last season, ending in the regional semifinals, OHS Hall of Fame coach Ron Smith resigned from the head coaching position. Mark Finchum will be taking over as head coach in 2018 and has already began shaking things up.

With lots of new faces to the varsity roster and coaching staff, Coach Finchum partnered with the Hopedale Wellness Complex to create a workout program that the team has gone through every Monday and Thursday since November.

Cody Gibson, a senior on the baseball team, said, “We have been taking the workouts, conditioning, and throwing this offseason very serious so that the senior class can end their high school careers on a high note this year.”

Gibson also stated that he thinks the workout program will give the the team not only a physical advantage on the field, but also a mental because the workouts also test its members mental strength as well.

The Spartans graduated four varsity starters last year and are looking to rebuild the roster this season. Isaac Riegler, senior starter, said, “We have a couple talented freshmen coming in that could fill those four spots.”

This will be the team’s first season since the merge into the new Illini Prairie Conference and Coach Finchum said he thinks the spartans will fair well even though the new competition will be very tough. Some schools he included that would be tough competition were St. Joseph Ogden, Monticello, Tolono, and Central Catholic.

Finchum also stated that he was looking forward to coaching with promoted assistant coach Justin Lacefield and to working with Jake Steve and his extensive all around knowledge of baseball.