Amateur Baseball: Familiarity fills Aces' lineup
The Red Wing Aces are hoping to make a transition as smooth as possible.
On Saturday in Bay City, Red Wing starts the amateur baseball season with a change at the top, with Jimmy Bohmbach serving as the team’s manager. Bohmbach previously served as the team’s co-manager with Andy Gibart, who hung up his glove after 14 years with the Aces.
“It’s been a process, but Gibby’s still been helping out as much as possible to get everything totally ready,” said Bohmbach, who is also the Aces’ catcher.
But if there’s one thing to help in a slight coaching transition, it’s the experienced group that comes back for a Red Wing team that went 32-10 last year while winning the Classic Cannon Falls League as well as reaching the Class B Super Section.
“Most of the guys have been here for a while,” Bohmbach said. “When you got a group that’s been together for a while, it can kind of coach itself, and I think that’s true for us.”
At the plate, the Aces are stacked, starting with leadoff batter Adam Thygesen, who hit for a team high in batting average (.424), hits (64), doubles (16), runs (45) and RBI (34). Steve Boldt, who is also serving as the assistant manager this season, comes back after hitting for a .321 average with eight doubles, two home runs and 34 RBI. Three other batters who hit over .300 last year – Zach Garner, Kyle Blahnik and Dave Jenson – are all slated to return to Red Wing’s lineup.
On the mound, the Aces bring back its ace from last season in Aaron Johnson. The hard-throwing left-hander overpowered hitters on the way to a 10-2 record with 120 strikeouts, compared to 34 walks, and a 1.87 ERA.
Behind Johnson, that’s where there the Aces have question marks. As the No. 2 starter last year, Gibart went 7-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 65 2/3 innings.
Looking to fill that void will be Brady Schroeder, who went 3-4 with 24 strikeouts and a 4.47 ERA in 30 2/3 innings in 2013.
“Last year he was dealing with some shoulder pain, and we’re hoping this year he can get into the groove,” Bohmbach said. “He’s said he’s back to 100 percent, so he should be good to go.
Bohmbach continued, “Behind Johnson and Schroeder, we’ll have JT Cunningham and Jordan Warren throwing in relief and starting games as well.”
Following Saturday’s season opener, Red Wing plays its first home game on May 9 against the Jordan Brewers. The Aces will open CCVL play on May 20 at home against Hampton.