PBR Minnesota 2022 High School Preview: Belle Plaine Tigers
March 28, 2022
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As we prepare for the upcoming 2022 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.
Team: Belle Plaine
League: Minnesota River Conference
Head Coach: Pat Schultz
Years as Head Coach at School (Overall Record): 11 (155-75)
2021 Overall Record: 20-5
2021 League Record: 10-2
2021 League Finish: 1st
2021 Post-Season Finish: Class AA State runner-up
# of Returning Starters: 5
# of Pitchers With 15+ Innings Returning: 2
# of Starters Lost: 4
# of Pitchers with 15+ Innings Lost: 2
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Jackson Kruger, 2022, RHP/3B (South Dakota State commit)
Luke Luskey, 2022, 3B (South Dakota State commit)
Jake Brandenburg, 2023, C
Ted Hohn, 2024, LHP
Hunter Hoen, 2023, SS
ALUMNI CURRENTLY PLAYING COLLEGE BASEBALL:
Tyler O'Brien - St. Mary's
Jake Mercado - St. Mary's
Brody Curtiss - Bethany
Garret Boblitt - DCTC
Derek Hoffman - Bemidji State
“I really like our squad this year. Kruger was one of the top pitchers in the state last year and look for him to be an anchor again on the mound. We have a lot of experience coming back from a state runner-up finish. Luskey's injury will hurt obviously on the field but also with his leadership on and off the field. But we have a lot of talented newcomers who have worked very hard since last year to earn a spot on the field and to fill in where needed. I'm excited to see the improvement from both the new guys and the returning players!”
Pat Schultz, Belle Plaine Head Coach