The Columbus High School baseball team had high expectations heading into the season before the coronavirus put the year on hold.
The Cardinals have a new skipper this season as longtime coach Bob Jansen stepped down after collecting 283 wins in 27 successful seasons. He hands the reins of the program to assistant Tim Stormer. Stormer had been an assistant in the program the last three seasons. The Middleton High School grad had coached youth baseball and has also spent about a decade as an umpire before moving to Columbus.
With a large nucleus coming back from last year’s team that went 13-7 overall and 5-5 in the Capitol North, the Cardinals look to be in the mix for a Capitol Conference championship if they get out on the field. Junior right-hander Trace Kirchberg leads an experienced and deep group of pitchers. He’s being recruited by a handful of NCAA Division One schools The Cardinals also bring back almost all of their hitting from 2019.
Stormer says that his team has been staying busy trying to stay in shape in case they get the call that the season could be started. He adds that many of his pitchers have been keeping their arms in shape by throwing to their dads.
Coach Stormer says that he appreciates that the WIAA just put the season on hold for now and didn’t out right cancel it last month. He says that gives him some hope that they might be able to get kids out on the diamond.
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