Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Freeman Baseball Preview - Crusaders

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Shomin a vital part of Crusaders’ success 
Senior was all-state honoree last year

Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Jake Shomin will play a large role this season.

If the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team is going to get to the top of the Classic 8, the senior is definitely good place to start.

He is the team‘s starting catcher this season after receiving honorable mention all-state honors last year.

CMH coach Tim Gotzler lets Shomin call the game for the day’s starting pitcher, giving the coach one less thing to worry about.

“As a former pitcher, I want to make sure the pitcher and catcher are on the same page,” Gotzler said. “I want them
 to have confidence in each other and get to know each other to have that chemistry. (Shomin) is a smart kid and knows the game. He understands the approach.” 

A key reason why Shomin can call such a good game is he is a pitcher as well. Shomin will mostly pitch in relief because Gotzler wants him to be the regular catcher.

Offensively, Shomin will be a middle-of-the-order hitter, as he hit over .400 last season. Shomin has the ability to drive the gap, but he is also a really good contact hitter.

Senior outfielder Zach Friedl hit leadoff of the Crusaders and was honorable mention all-conference last year.

“He’s a high on-base guy and he can create a little havoc on the bases as well,” Gotzler said. “He tracks balls well and is just extremely athletic out there.”

Senior second baseman David McLeod is another returning honorable mention all-conference player and should bat near the top of the order. Junior Eric Brown returns as the team’s starting shortstop.

“He’s an extremely coachable kid and very reliable,” Gotzler said of Brown. “He will also do some pitching for us as well.”

The bulk of CMH’s lineup will be athletic, multi-sport players. Gotzler hopes that will help make the team good defensively and be able to take some bases.

Gotzler hopes that defense will help boost sophomore pitcher Ben Bosch. Bosch started CMH’s first playoff game as a freshman last season, which was a 1-0 loss to Hamilton in 10 innings. However, Bosch threw seven scoreless innings and didn’t factor into the decision.

“He earned the right to be our ace at the end of the year as a freshman,” Gotzler said. “We are really hoping he can come back as a sophomore and continue all his success.”

Bosch has three pitches in his arsenal: fastball, curveball and changeup. Gotzler likes his stuff, but it’s Bosch’s presence on the mound that makes him successful.

“He knows how to work hitters and approach hitters, which is very rare in a high school kid, especially for his age,” Gotzler said.

Besides Bosch and Brown, Gotzler said he has three more players who will probably start on the mound.

“We have a big group of seniors who are extremely athletic with a lot of experience,” Gotzler said. “We’ve got big, strong kids who can run.”


Photo credit:  Catholic Memorial’s Jake Shomin received honorable mention all-state last year. Freeman file photo 

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