Leprechauns Putting the Process in Motion
ROLLING PRAIRIE- Can the Leprechauns turn things around this year? That is the question on all of Lynn street’s fan’s minds after their Opening Day sweep over the Silver Sluggers. Their General Manger Nick Brassell made modifications to Rocko’s Park (Formerly Shamrock Field) and also to the Leprechauns roster.
The Brassell family took a section of fencing out of their backyard to open up some room for the field to be placed on flatter ground. They also moved away from their 91' to LF ,101' to CF,92 to RF fence lengths from last season and went with a smaller field with left, right and center measuring at 93, 80, and 94 feet. The Leps featured a curved baseball style fence last year and they have also changed that to the straight fence often used in tournament style Wiffle ball.
The offseason was aggressive for the Leps with a few teams runs with ORWBL ending it was a loaded group of free agents including the MVP’s from both leagues. They added a veteran presence with Sam Zucker, Nick is looking for a lot of production from his bat in the line up along with solid fielding. Zucker had his swing working week one as he looked very good on both sides of the field. He hit a team leading .716 and blasted 7 dingers.
Bailey Rhed was acquired in the off season with his what seems to be traveling teammate Luke Ketterer. Luke Ketterer could be a major key to this team’s success because he can play multiple positions and is a very talented athlete. However, Luke is on the Leps DL and will miss a few weeks with a broken hand and Nick is looking forward to his midseason return. Bailey Rhed has set out to be an impact in this line up as he claims to be ready for his break out season. Bails will play the majority of his time behind the plate for Leps where he is known to call a stern game.
Week one Bailey also got off on a nice start hitting a friendly .538 and sending four towering shots over the fence and onto the porch. The return of “Mookie” Smith is also something many fans are excited for.
Matt has been a journey man throughout his whole ORWBL career and is bound to see some time on the hill this season in Lynn St. Smith picked up a Save in Game 2 of the World Series last season for Maple City. How effective he will be will probably be determined on how serious he takes his team role.
Brassell thinks he has a diamond in the rough with undiscovered talent in a young athletic Nick Wilson we will have to see how this kid pans out over the season little is known about how well he can actually play .
The Leps came out to start the season red hot pulling off a sweep on the new Silver Sluggers squad. Lynn St. looked to have a new team mind set and they literally have a new team. The new hitter friendly park seemed to work well for them as they scored with ease and were launching home runs off the opposing pitching.
Nicky B started all three games for the Leps and looks to be a rising talent on the mound tallying three wins and an impressive 11 strikeouts which is currently the most in the league. This team is hungry to win and they believe that they can compete this year with their new and improved roster.
After week one they sit tied at the top of the National League where they hope to stay. This week they match up against two more first year teams as they play the Billygoats on Thursday and the Landsharks on Sunday. The Leps will be looking for the same results as their first series as this team appears ready to show that they have arrived,