The Dickinson Roughriders have two aces that can shut down anybody, but their pitching staff as whole is solid as well.
Nick Deschamp and Kobe Krenz will be the one-two punch that trots out the mound in the biggest games, and Roughriders head coach Tyler Frenzel has the utmost confidence in them.
“Nick and Kobe did a nice job for us last year and proved they were our most consistent pitchers. They have done a fantastic job this year of throwing strikes and getting outs,” Frenzel said. “They have separated themselves a little bit and look like they will be our number one and two pitchers.”
Carson Weiler and Reese Mack will be a couple of the other starters along with Isaac Daley, Drew Kovash and Alden Hoerner.
The whole staff will have their hands full over the next few days as Dickinson has eight games the rest of the week starting Thursday vs. Mandan and ending Sunday with two conference games vs. Fargo Post 2.
“It is going to be interesting to see how our bullpen does,” Frenzel said. “I am hoping that they step up and do some good things for us. If we can get our pitching under control, we should be able to do some good things this year.”
Krenz and Deschamp throw fastballs in the low to mid 80’s, but they have good off-speed pitches too that they can command.
Deschamp’s favorite pitch is a slider that he calls a cutter, and he loves using it in big moments in big games.
“I don’t feel much pressure,” he said. “Maybe at the beginning of a game, but for the most part I enjoy pitching in big games. That is when it is the most fun.”
Behind the plate, Logan Bentz will be the guy at catcher this summer. He calls every pitching and Frenzel has full confidence in him.
“We have a lot of leaders on our team. It is a team effort of leaders,” Frenzel said, “Logan has to be a leader. He is our catcher and he is learning that he needs to take on a leadership role for us.”
As for Krenz, he is confident in himself and the defense that he has behind him.
He knows that it is important to get ahead in the count and every time he steps on the mound, that is his goal.
“I think the first pitch is one of the biggest pitches in the at bat,” Krenz said. “If you get ahead 0-1, you can throw pretty much whatever you want. Hopefully you get a swing and miss or get the hitter off balance. If you make it to 0-2, then you are really in a good spot and I try to do that every time.”