This week as part of our Craw-Kan Team of the Week in the Southeast Kansas Area we take a look at the Frontenac High School Baseball Team who had high expectations before the season being cancelled to the Cornavirus. Week by week we will highlight one team from the Southeast Kansas Area this spring at SIK.
Q&A w/ Frontenac Head Baseball Coach Bill Sullivan
Years at School: 22
Record Last Year: 20-1
Returning Starters: Ryan Raio, SR (Utility), Alex Johnson, SR (Catcher) , Jake Beckmann , SR (CF/Pitcher), Kyle Kubler, SR (LF/P), Caleb Hemby, SR (3rd) , Brett Cleland, JR (OF/P)
What has this entire cancellation of season been like for you?
This has been absolutely heartbreaking for our guys as well as the coaches. We had an excellent senior class who were being great leaders at practice. I love these guys like a son. I’ve really struggled with the fact I will never coach them again. We have kept in contact and that has helped a little. We have to look at the big picture though. With everything going on in the world right now we have to be thankful for what we have and never take things for granted.
What were some key things you were really looking forward to in the 2020 season?
I thought we had a chance to be really good this year. I think our defense was going to be outstanding and our offense had a chance to put some runs up. We had speed all over the field so we would have been dangerous on the bases as well. Pitching was an area of concern heading into the season but I was seeing some good things in those first 2 weeks. Most of all I was really looking forward to coaching this group and being around them. We had 28 guys out and they were really busting their butts. Our junior class was small but they were ready to step up and our sophomore and freshman groups are extremely talented and have spent a lot of time on the diamond.
Who are some of those key players we should have looked out for this year?
Besides the returning starters I mentioned I was expecting some big things from my other seniors Kaleb Kroenke, Cale Bridwell, and Austin Souder. Juniors Clay Jameson and Aiden Wolownik have been working hard. It was too early to tell but we had many 9th and 10th graders who were going to have strong roles. I knew our sophomore group was talented but I was really impressed with what I was seeing out of our freshman too. The future is definitely bright.
What now ?
We will just do our part and follow the governments orders and hopefully this thing passes quickly and these guys can get an opportunity to play some summer baseball at some point. This will be one of those years I will never forget. The “what could have been” will always be on my mind with this group. Makes me really sad I didn’t get the opportunity to enjoy the ride with them.
As a teacher what has this been like with school?
It’s been a lot of the same feelings. I miss being around the students and everybody employed by the district. I can’t wait to get back to normal and see everybody again. We have a great school district and everybody is working hard to make the online learning experience successful. No doubt our kids will be taken care of and we will do everything possible to help them succeed.
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