Fall practice to open September 15th with two new coaches
Cardinal baseball will begin the journey for the 2015 season on September 15th with the start of fall practice. Coach Roberts is entering his 3rd season as the head coach and is hoping to build on back to back playoff appearances in his first two seasons. The first week of practice will see two-a-day practices until school starts on September 22nd. The fall will also see four scrimmage dates where the Cardinals will scrimmage area HS All-Star teams.
To help continue the momentum Coach Roberts has added two new coaches to the staff. Coach Dusty Hess takes over hitting coach duties and will work with infielders and recruiting. Coach Hess has spent the previous seven seasons coaching D-I, D-II, and high school, most recently at Northeastern State University in Kansas. Also joining the staff is catching coach Bryce VanderArk. Coach VanderArk returns to coaching after a leg injury ended his successful playing career at Edmonds Community College in 2001. Since his playing career ended Coach VanderArk helped with local youth athletes and established himself as a successful local businessman.
The fall roster of 42 will include 20 returners and 22 freshmen. Coach Roberts is excited about the freshfaces and believes that the coaching additions will bring a refreshing positive energy to the team, "I look at Coach Hess and Coach VanderArk as coaches that bring a lot of knowledge and energy to the team. They both work great with young athletes and take pride in developing talent. Coach Hess brings a great coaching pedigree and philosophy that is similar to mine. He is a tireless worker and has a lot fresh ideas that we will help us. He has worked along side many great coaches already in his coaching career. I have known Bryce for a long time and know what kind of player he was. I have a lot of respect for the intensity and grit he showed as a player and am impressed with his people skills. The players are going to love both of these guys, they are great baseball people and human beings."