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‘Hit ground balls ... and let’s go home’

Confident senior infield gives Vikings a boost

Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 1:23 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 1:29 p.m. CDT
 
 
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(Sean King for Shaw Media.)
 
 

GENEVA – Noah Davison called it the best in the state.

 

Geneva baseball coach Matt Hahn isn’t sure he’s seen a better one in his 12-year tenure.

The Geneva defense, led by a senior infield, has been one of the biggest reasons why the Vikings have started the season so strong.

After shifting a couple of pieces around to get his best group – it features Jack Wassel (third base), Vince MacDonald (shortstop), Justin Hasegawa (second base) and AJ Hostman (first base) – the defensive alignment has made a big impact on the team’s confidence.

“This might be the best defensive team I’ve had in my 12 years [at Geneva],” Hahn said. “Just hit ground balls at Hasegawa, hit ground balls at Wassel, hit ground balls at MacDonald and let’s go home. That’s what our pitchers have done – allowed the defense to have their backs – and we hope they continue to do.”

Hahn knew putting a group of experienced infielders together would not only help the chemistry but also help the pitchers know they can pitch to contact and still have success.

 

“You gain a ton of confidence from that. I’ve seen plenty of baseball games where it’s just a sieve back there,” Hahn said. “Now you have to nibble, feel like you have to strike everyone out, and I feel like our pitchers are aware now that they don’t have to do that. I mean, they’re 17 years old, so whether they continue to do it is one thing, but knowing you have that defense behind you is a big deal.”

Part of the defense’s success involved having the pitchers buy into that process. Strikeouts are flashy; there’s no better guaranteed out than having a batter swing and miss. But knowing the infielders aren’t going to make mistakes behind them that often has been vital.

Wassel, a Minnesota commit, has done a lot of damage with his bat during the early season, but he also is one of the slickest fielding third baseman in the area. He has stressed time and again how important it is for the pitchers to just throw strikes.

“Our pitchers really believe in it,” Wassel said. “They’re buying into it and know they just need to throw the ball over the plate. When they know there’s a good defense behind them and that we’ll make the plays behind them, we have success as a group defensively.”

Wassel was one of two Geneva infielders to move positions, along with Hostman. After playing primarily third base last season, Hostman moved across the diamond, pushing Wassel to third from shortstop and bumping MacDonald into the starting lineup.

It’s about winning at all costs for this Vikings team, who won’t view the season as a success unless they hoist a regional championship plaque.

“Every guy on this team just wants to win, whatever it takes,” Wassel said. “So this unit has been working well and hopefully that continues into the future.”

“Those three guys [Wassel, Hasegawa and MacDonald] are as good as it gets over there,” Hostman said. “Our pitchers know – and at first base, I know – that they’ll make the plays and make a good throw. They make my job easy. I just have to catch the ball. Good pitching and defense can go a long way toward success, but it’s a long season, so we need to keep the high confidence that we have right now.”

It’s not a guarantee the strong defense will continue as Hostman noted the season has quite a way to go. With games against UEC River powers St. Charles North and Batavia on the schedule, focus and confidence will need to continue to be high for the Vikings, who entered the week of April 18 at 10-4 and 5-1 in the UEC River.

It helps that it’s a senior-laden group, but Hahn has worked to instill confidence that anyone in a Vikings uniform can get the job done if called upon.

“It’s nice to have, for sure,” Hostman said of the senior leadership. “It helps the pitchers know there are experienced guys behind them, but we have confidence in anyone on this team to step in and play well defensively. But, yeah, it’s nice to have a strong senior group in the infield.”

KCE senior pitcher & first basemen Michael Fossali signs with ECC for next season! Congratulations!

Winter Practices Begin January 3, 2016

Many of you will be joining us at University of Wisconsin Whitewater for camp in late December.  For those of you who will not, winter practices begin on Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 at Marmion Academy in Aurora.  See schedules for team times.

We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Organizational Meeting - Sunday October 25th

 

Quick reminder about the organizational meeting this Sunday in Geneva.  Details provided below:

Sunday, October 25th at 1:00pm
Geneva Park District
Sunset Park
710 Western Avenue
Geneva, IL
 
Meeting will last approximately 1 hour.  Hope to see you all there.
 
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One Final Tryout Date Added!

KCE Baseball is holding one final tryouts for all ages (15U-18U) for any players who missed our first two tryout dates. The final tryout information is below. Please preregister (form is in the upper right hand corner of our homepage). If this date doesn't work for you, please contact us.

 

Tryout information:

 

Monday, August 3 - 5:30PM @ Marmion Academy in Aurora.

 

 

 

KCE Baseball Tryouts for 2016 Teams (15U-18U) Announced!

KCE Baseball will be hosting tryouts for their 2016 (15U-18U) teams on the following dates. Interested players need to attend at least one tryout date. Please fill out the tryout preregistration form on our homepage (upper righthand corner of this screen). There is no fee to tryout.

 

Tryout Dates and Locations:

 

Monday, July 27 - 5:30pm @ Marmion Academy in Aurora

 

Tuesday, July 28 - 5:30pm @ Marmion Academy in Aurora

 

 

 

KCE 18U Cardinal takes second place in Wood Bat Championship!

KCE Cardinal 18U took second place in this weekends tournament to cap off a fantastic season! The team really came together at the end of the season and played some fantastic baseball. They made it to the semi-finals in the previous weekends and finished the season by winning 9 of their last 12 games. Great work Elite!

KCE Senior Nick Sewruk with his parents and coach signing to play for University of Dubuque!

4 year KCE player Nick Sewruk with his parents and coach at Yorkville High Schools "Senior Signing Day" as he signs on to play for the University of Dubuque next season! Congrats and Good luck next season Nick!

KCE senior catcher, DJ Budde, signs to play at Trinity Christian next season!

Anthony Pryor Signs with Robert Morris College to play baseball

Congratulations to KCE third baseman, Anthony Pryor, who signed to play baseball with Robert Morris College next season!

2 KCE Players Commit to University of Dubuque for 2015-16 season!

Congratulation to Nick Sewruk (senior pitcher at Yorkville High School) and Max Judnic (Senior catcher at Burlington Central High School) on their college commitments. Both players will be going on to play college baseball at the University of Dubuque next season.

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15U Elite Place 2nd In USSSA World Series Qualifier

After finishing in 3rd place in their first tournament, the 15U Kane County Elite Team took second place In the USSSA World Series Qualifier held in Huntley, IL (June 7-10). The team scored a total of 27 runs in their first 4 pool play games. They advance to the Semi-final round and defeated Pro Player Baseball to advance to the championship. A weekend full of great pitching, defense, and offense helped the team reach the championship game. Well done!

16U ELITE Win the NIU College Prospects Tournament!

In their final weekend of the Summer tournament season the KCE 16U team finished 5-0 on the weekend taking home the championship trophy in the NIU College Exposure tournament hosted by Team Exposure. The 16U Elite went 3-0 in pool play earning the overall #2 seed by scoring 32 runs and giving up only 12. The team then moved on to the semi-finals versus the Woodstock Lightening and won that game 6-1. Then in the championship game, the 16U Elite shutout the Plainfield Hitmen 2-0 to win the tournament! All said and done, the 16U Elite ended their season on a winning note thanks to great defense, dominant pitching, and a powerful offensive showing. The 16U's final record was 18-8-1!

Elite 15U Win Rockford USSSA John Maitland Memorial



The KC Elite 15U team got off to a great start to their tournament season going 5-0 in the Rockford USSSA John Maitland Memorial tournament. Outstanding pitching, timely hitting and flawless defense got the job done!