For the Dickinson Roughriders infield, they want to make it easy on their pitchers.
The rotation is set with Troy Berg manning the hot corner at third base, Kobe Krenz at short, Aiden Haich at second base and Jaren Hugelen at first base.
Their goal is to work as a unit and play flawless baseball.
In addition, utility players in Landon Aman, Reese Mack and Nick Deschamp will all play various spots in the infield through the season.
“Our entire infield is solid. We do a nice job of fielding the ball and making plays,” said Roughriders head coach Tyler Frenzel. “We keep it easy on our pitcher in the infield.”
Last year, the Roughriders were very young having to throw a lot of kids into the fire, and they hope that the experience will pay off this summer.
For example, Berg was a 15 year old last summer and now he is one of the leaders of the team at 16. He will bat lead off and he hopes to set the tone for the rest of the order at the plate.
Haich is also going to be an integral part of the team and will have a big say in the amount of runs the team puts on the scoreboard this summer.
“Aiden held his own last year and proved he could play at this level. He is a little bit bigger and stronger,” Frenzel said. “We got him in the three or four hole at the plate so he will have a chance to bring some runs in this summer. He is a good hitter and he has been working really hard at second base this offseason and he has proven that he can do that.”
Berg believes that last summer at third base prepared him to excel even more this year, and both Haich and Berg agree that the infield is well rounded defensively and good at every spot.
Coming off splitting a doubleheader with Jamestown last week, the Roughriders play their first home games of the summer on Tuesday night vs. Miles City, Mont., and Berg, Haich, all the infielders and team are ready to play ball at last after their high school season was cancelled.
“We are all playing a little bit of catch up,” Berg said. “We have been working throughout the quarantine to get ready for the season, but it is a little different not going through the spring season and having our arms ready to go.”
All the players and coaches hope that the defense behind the pitchers steps up and the bats roar all summer long.
There is a belief in the clubhouse that they can make a deep run and have a successful season.
“As a team I think we can finish with a really good record and with a high seed at the state tournament,” Haich said. “I think we can make a run at that too and go for a state championship.”