Underclassman players step up to the plate

The baseball team is ready for the upcoming season and is looking to improve on last year’s record of 15-9.

The team has been working out three times a week since mid-January to prepare for the upcoming season. Tryouts started on March 2 and 113 kids showed up, the highest number in FHN baseball history.

“Tryouts were a lot harder this year,” Senior Nick Conley said. “We are looking to have a good season this year.”

The team is returning six seniors this season, and will be led by Nick Conley and Luke Collis, both pitchers for the Knights. Varsity Coach Bob Dunahue has high expectations for his team this year even though the team lost eleven seniors and the former leader of the team, Jerry Roam. Due to these losses, the sophomore class will have a lot more responsibility this season.

“The sophomore class is the best class we have ever had at Francis Howell North,” Dunahue said. “They will put a lot of pressure on the upperclassmen this year.”

The team’s goal for this season is to be conference champs and become willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it.

“We will put it all on the line to be conference champs this year,” sophomore catcher Mike Wilson said.