Local Sports Journal

Reeths-Puffer baseball coach Tim Schuppe is four victories away from career win No. 200.

And with the experience he’s got coming back, he’s confident that milestone will be reached early in the season.

“The Rockets always have high expectations as a program,” said Schuppe, who has a 196-98 record in his first nine years as coach. “I’m also excited about the top players off a very successful jayvee team from last year.

“We should be in the hunt,” he said. “The OK Black is very good from top to bottom and we have to bring our ‘A’ game to every conference game in order to give us a chance to win.”

Leading the way among returning players are senior infielder Kyle Versalle, who batted .419 a year ago, Jake Wagenmaker, a third-year varsity player who will take his talents to Muskegon Community College next season and Zach Santose, a catcher.

Other returning letterwinners include seniors Nate Brown and Brett Boes, junior Parker Richardson and sophomore Jacob Boes. Promising newcomers include four juniors – Trevor Mosher, Garret Blanchine, Jake Balkema and Caleb Sheffer.

Schuppe sees good potential with young pitchers, including Blanshine, Jacob Boes and Mosher.