AMBOY – The Clippers are ready to swing bats, field ground balls, and throw some strikes as they want to improve on last year’s record of 7-11.
The Amboy baseball team’s coach Chris Tidmore sees the excitement and the determination from his team to not only improve the record but shock some opponents.
“We’re actually pretty lucky. Last year we had two freshmen that were starting by the end of the year and now they’re sophomores, Landon Whelchel and Quinn Leffelman,” said Tidmore, who has been the coach for the last five seasons and has been with the program for eight. “They’ll be a pretty big part of our lineup. We have a pretty good cast of seniors. We have six returning players. It’s going to be a lineup that has a lot of returners and a couple of new guys to add in.
“I think one of the biggest things is team comradery. Every once in a while, we had team division last year. I think this team is going to be much better as a unit. I think we have a lot of depth at each position. I see us having the potential to make a pretty good run at the Northwest Upstate Illini title this year.”
The Clippers have 13 players on the varsity squad and 11 on the freshmen/sophomore team.
The varsity squad breakdown is six seniors, five juniors and two sophomores.
On the mound, Amboy will have Jackson Rodgers, Tucker Lindenmeyer, Landon Montavon, Brody Christoffersen, and Quinn ready to throw strikes.
At the plate, the leadoff hitter could be Lindenmeyer, Christoffersen, or Whelchel, while Leffelman, Rodgers, and Montavon will be the power hitters in the middle of the lineup.
“The second our season ended last year we already had a lot of guys who were looking forward to this year,” Tidmore said. “Especially after our long postseason run in football was over, we had some guys excited about basketball, but baseball was definitely ready to go.
“I think we will be disappointed with less than 14-15 wins this season.”
Off the field, Tidmore and his club plan to reach out to the fans to help bring the community out to the ballpark.