The content of most sports team previews regularly delves into prior-year successes, both for teams and individual players.
Thats not true for the 2013 Joseph-Enterprise Eagles high school baseball team that went dormant last year because too few players turned out for the sport.
Whereas only 11 players turned out for baseball a year ago, one shy of Joseph High Schools minimum requirement of a dozen, 20 players are on the roster this year.
Head baseball coach Calvin Word was out of town and unavailable to consult for this article, hence assistant coach William Castilleja provided the Chieftain with the following information.
Although the season only started last week, one item thats jumped to the forefront is that senior Blu Risseeuw is the teams No. 1 pitcher. Thats not a startling fact in the sense that Risseeuw only transferred to Enterprise High School in the fall of 2012, meaning he did play baseball last year for league rival Elgin.
Among other Eagles slated to spend time this year on the mound are senior Jordan Wulff-Castilleja and freshman lefty Justin Exon. Exon made an impressive high school debut last Thursday by recording three strikeouts in one inning of relief.
Early season indicators are that Wulff-Castilleja and senior Jacob Curtis could become the squads two best hitters, yet several other players on the team are proficient with the bat as well.
Curtis, entrenched in the position of first base, should prove to be Jos/Ents top power hitter.
Other players on the unit whove already displayed hitting talent are Risseeuw, senior center fielder Cody Duquette, and junior catcher Blair Beaudoin.
Coach Castilleja says there is a good mix of seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen on the team.
In the background seeking time at the catcher position behind Beaudoin are junior Austin Quinby and frosh Devin McQuead.
Learning the ropes to play first base behind starter Jacob Curtis is his younger brother, freshman Andrew Curtis.
Vying for playing time at second base will be junior Caden Christman and freshman Will McCadden.
Wulff-Castilleja is expected to have a lock on third base when not pitching or shifting to shortstop when Risseeuw the teams best shortstop as well as pitcher is on the hill. Others who could fill in at the hot spot at third base include Beaudoin and Quinby.
Starting the season in the outfield for the Eagles are Exon in left field, Duquette in center, and the teams second left-hander, freshman Sam Beckman, in right field.
Other players on the roster include senior Jose Chavarri-Garcia; juniors Nicola Moiloi, Erik Hogg, Max Greenway, and Masahiro Yamamoto; sophomores Dustin Johnston and Noah DeLury; and freshman Isaac Rowley.
In addition to William Castilleja, assisting Word with coaching duties is Kris Shields.