The Beaver Dam High School baseball team is eager to get back on the diamond after having last season’s high school schedule cancelled because of COVID-19.
“I’m very excited about it.” Head coach Nate Wilke told DailyDodge.com. “You realize how much you miss something when it’s gone for a year. It’s great to be back. The kids are excited, the coaches are really excited too. I’m really looking forward to the season and having a high school season again.”
BDHS has just three returning seniors on the varsity from the 2019 season including; Wesley Biel, Griffin Wicklund and Kyle Wheeler-Wood. Wilke says he will have right around 20 players on the varsity this season. He says that he has just six in his sophomore group on JV and eleven freshman, so some juniors on the varsity may rotate between both rosters.
The Golden Beavers pitching staff may be as deep as they’ve been in quite some time. Wilke says that he’s got four “top of the line staters” in Biel, Alex Soto, Logan Thomas, and Daelen Johnson. He expects to have as many as nine players on the roster who can pitch on the varsity.
Wilke says that many of his spots are set in the field but he has a lot of players that can play multiple positions which gives him some flexibility in his lineup.
If Golden Beavers are going to complete in the Badger North this season, Wilke says they will have to take advantage of their athleticism and team speed along with their deep pitching. BDHS likes to play small ball, so they must be solid with the little things such as bunting and base running.
Beaver Dam opens up their season on Saturday when they head to Appleton East for a doubleheader. The first pitch is set for 11am.
The home opener is set for Tuesday, May 4th when they host DeForest at 5pm while the first DailyDodge.com Videostream will be May 11th against Reedsburg
Click the link below to hear a full interview with BDHS Baseball Coach Nate Wilke
If you have a question about this story or have an idea for a future local sports story, please email Wade Bates at [email protected]