Prep Baseball Report

Preseason Power 25: No. 2 Indian Trail

The Wisconsin high school season kicks off on March 28, the first day for regular season games. Most teams will begin practicing on March 20, getting their rosters set and finalizing their lineups.

Over the next several weeks, leading up to opening day, we will be rolling out team previews of high school teams all across the state and across all classifications, eventually launching our Preseason Power 25.

We have been sending out our annual Preseason Questionnaire to coaches all across the state and as the responses flood in we will bring you a snapshot of what to expect along with top players and keys to success for that particular team. If you don’t see your team’s season preview make sure your head coach fills out his Preseason Questionnaire.

Team: Indian Trail
Preseason Rank: 2
2016 Record: 23-4
Conference: Southeast
WIAA Division: 1
Head Coach:
Mike Schmidt
Playoff Run: Lost in Regional
2016 Final Rank: 5
Returning Starters: 6
Returning Pitchers: 3


Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Ryan Hoerter WI Indian Trail
2017 RHP/1B
Nick Elsen
WI Indian Trail 2018 OF/RHP Kent State
Kyle Antos WI Indian Trail 2017 C
Nick Zeeveld WI Indian Trail 2017 DH/C

Griffin Klein
WI Indian Trail 2017 SS
Alex Tricoli-Walkanoff
WI Indian Trail 2017 2B
Heartland CC
Adam Cairo WI Indian Trail 2018 OF  
Mason Fanelle WI Indian Trail 2018 LHP  
Max Bruff WI Indian Trail 2019 UTL  
Alex Huissen WI Indian Trail 2019 OF  
Miles Rodriguez WI Indian Trail 2019 OF  


Ryan HoerterSeniors Nick Elsen and Ryan Hoerter. Both Elsen and HoerterNicholas Elsen are Division I commits, Hoerter to Auburn and Elsen to Kent State. Both will play a big role for the Hawks this year on the mound and at the plate. Hoerter was the ace of the staff last season posting an 8-0 record with a 1.17 ERA, while hitting .400 and playing first base when he is not pitching. Elsen will start in centerfield again this year after hitting .396 and going 4-0 on the mound with a 0.79 ERA in 2016. Both Hoerter and Elsen were named first team all conference a season ago.


3: The number of Division I commits the Hawks have on their team. Seniors Ryan Hoerter (Auburn), Nick Elsen (Kent State), and Kyle Antos (Bradley).


Last year the buzz around the Hawks was all about senior SS Gavin Lux, who ended up being the 20th overall pick in the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and was a first team all American by Baseball America after hitting .524 with six homeruns, 30 RBIs, and 23 stolen bases. Though it will be hard to replace a first round draft pick, the Hawks are still loaded for the 2017 season. A trio of Division I signees headline the lineup and pitching staff with Ryan Hoerter, Nick Elsen, and Kyle Antos. Senior Griffin Klein hit .314 last year and split time at second and third in 2016, will be the likely candidate to shift to shortstop. Junior Catcher Nick Zeeveld will see most of his time at DH, with Antos handling the day to day catching duties, and hit .348 last year as a sophomore. Juniors Adam Cairo and Mason Fanelle will slot into the lineup this season. A trio of sophomores to keep an eye on this spring are Max Bruff, Miles Rodriguez, and Alex Huissen. Huissen is an athletic outfielder with speed and a strong arm. The Hawks had a surprising early exit from the playoffs last year, but will be ready again to compete for a state title again this season. The Hawks have the depth and experience to take home a state title in 2017.

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