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The Kenosha Kings are a semi-pro team that consists of present college players, as well as ex-college and professional players. The mission of the Kenosha Kings is to provide a top quality program designed for players with aspirations of playing baseball at the next level. We are a self funded, non-profit organization. Neither coaches or players are paid or reimbursed for any expenses. We raise money through team dues, issuing a media guide, which has local sponsors that pay for advertising space, as well as a yearly lottery raffle.
The Kings have the longest tenure at Historic Simmons field, calling Simmons field home for the past 28 years. The Kings play in the Wisconsin State League and the Frank Langsdorf League of SE Wisconsin. The players and the organization rely on the local community and local businesses to exist. If you are interested in donating or advertising with the Kenosha Kings Baseball Club please visit our "Contact Info" link in the upper left and give us a call!!
All Kings home games are played at Simmons Field (7817 Sheridan Rd Kenosha WI, 53143)
2013 Coach’s Season Outlook
It seems like the same old story when it comes to season predictions, “stay committed, stay together, play hard, play smart and we got a shot.” Things will be the same in 2013. The Kings are returning the core of their lineup yet again to make another run at their 7th straight Langsdorf League Title and to vie again at a shot at the Wisconsin State League Crown.
The obstacle for this year’s team will be to overcome the absence of 5 key pitchers from the 2012 staff (Jon Kleinmeyer, Chris Wolcott, Ryan Windt and Sean and Ryan Kennedy). With that said the Kings will be looking to a few new faces to fill that void. RHP Kyle Cibrario (Freshmen at College of Lake County), RHP Anthony Olson (Freshmen at Oakton Community College), LHP Logan Hartnell (Freshmen at Marian College) and RHP Brandon Jeffery (Freshmen at UW Superior) will look to maintain a historically strong pitching staff. “Kyle and Anthony have a good shot at immediately working their way into this year’s rotation. They are both very polished at a young age, and if we can get them used to pitching to wood and pounding the strike zone, we have a strong defense that can keep them confident on the bump. Logan and Brandon will be wild cards for us. They are both tall lanky kids, one is the typical ‘crafty’ lefty, the other has 2 good pitches he can throw at anytime for strikes. They are both smart kids that are working their tail off this spring on strength and conditioning, it will be interesting where they fit in the rotation along the way.”
Key returnees in this year’s rotation will be the anchor Randy Johnson (2012 & 2013 WSL Most Valuable Pitcher), Jon Olson, Travis Vanderwall, Jason Bunton and John Snelton. “These guys are our core and have proven year after year, that they can be as dominating as any staff in the Midwest. As always, we expect them to carry the load and also groom the younger kids, especially with the mental part of the game. I think that is what makes this group so consistent, they are real bulldogs on the mound and take every opportunity like it is their last.”
Around the horn the Kings return familiar faces in Mark Cibrario (3B,SS), Travis Vanderwall (3B,P,1B), Joe Ferro (SS), Tyler Eickmeyer (SS,OF) JT Schneider (2B-1st Team WSL), Jason Dennis (1B,OF,P-1st team WSL), John Hasser (1B-1st team WSL). “It is one of those nice pleasures as a coach when you got leadership everywhere around the infield. This group helps the psyche of the pitchers and you know they have ‘been there, done that’.” Mark Cibrario, Jason Dennis, John Hasser and Travis Vanderwall will most likely mix in the middle of the lineup while speedsters Tyler Eichmeyer and JT Schneider will hit near the top. “Not much has changed over the years, if we can get the top of our order on base, we have the men to drive them in, and when things are going good, even the top of the lineup can break out with multiple RBI games.” The Kings will also introduce Derek Idstein (Sophomore Illinois Wesleyan) into the mix around the infield. “Derek is versatile and is receiving increasing playing time in College. We feel he will be a key ingredient this year. As we know, the dog days of summer can wear on a team and if Derek stays committed, I think he will be a pleasant surprise for us in any capacity we need him in.”
Roaming the outfield in 2013 the Kings return all 4 of their 2012 starters in Tyler Eickmeyer (2013 WSL MVP), Kyle Frye (1st Team Unanimous OF), Paul Pulera and Andrew Highland. “It’s funny saying we have 4 starting OF’s, but really that is what we got. Every one of them can go get the ball and have a ton of experience doing what they do. They are also very interchangeable in the lineup, when one is struggling the next one’s seems to pick us up at the top ‘and even at the bottom’ of our order. For the most part, they have 1 job, and that is to get on for the middle of our lineup. Through the years we have seen continued maturity in their approaches at the plate, so the bar and expectations are set as high as ever. When they get on, good things happen, it really is that simple.” The Kings will be adding 1 new addition in the OF welcoming Tevin Padgett (Junior Waldorf College in Iowa). "Tevin was a last minute addition, who we think will have the potential to be one of those special players that can be a game changer with his speed and defense. I think we are in for a pleasant suprise with this young man."
Behind the dish the Kings will be lead by 10th year King, Billy Johnson (C-1st Team WSL). Relieving Billy will be 2nd year King Joe Balestreri (Sophomore University Minnesota Deluth). “We know Billy is going to control the game behind the dish and also be one of our more clutch hitters in the middle of the lineup. He has a ton of experience and demands a lot from his pitchers, and I believe that is why, year in and year out, we have always had a strong staff.” Joe learned a lot last year, and was a great fit into our organization. Joe is one of the hardest working kids on the planet and is willing to go to war anytime for us. He has a lot of respect in our dugout for only being 20 years old and I only see his opportunities increasing in 2013.”
Expectations are high for the 2013 Kings but one thing remains constant, they put a good product on the field and seem to outlast the competition when it comes to the end of the season. “I have said this year after year, if we stay committed to the common goal, we could have a special year. Replacing 5 pitchers is going to be a challenge, so we may be winning games a little more with our bats then in years past, but really, that is the beauty of having new players, there always seems to be 1 or 2 that end up being standouts by year’s end. If we play hard, play smart and play together we could be looking at competing with the best in both leagues.”