Baseball Starts Season with New Coach, High Expectations

James Verdegan, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

The 2015 season for NDA baseball is underway as team tryouts started this week.

Notre Dame has a talented returning senior class, including Ty Yewman, Davis Elm, Connor Yakel, Charlie Rotherham, Nick Martzahl, Evan Bouche, Mike Daavettila, Spencer Ness, Sean Green and Matt Vandenhouten.

Two years ago the team made it to the state game, but couldn’t come away with the win. Last season the Tritons made it to the state semifinal, but again could not come away with the win.

Nevertheless, the team has a reputation for doing well in post-season play, and, as sophomore Noah Huntley said, the attitude in practice is “Expect nothing less than gold.”

Pitcher Yewman echoes that sentiment:  “Going into the season the team has high hopes and nothing but positive attitudes.”

Over the offseason the Tritons landed a new head coach, Doug Coe, who replaced Andy Conard, NDA’s coach for the past 12 years. Conard now coaches at Preble High School.

Coe, a Wisconsin native, comes to Notre Dame after playing college and minor league baseball.  “He’s worked us hard,” said Huntley, “but we seem more like a team.  We’ve bonded  together.”

The Tritons start their season April 4 at West De Pere High School against the Phantoms and Wrightstown.

“We want to be the best team we can be this year, and when playoffs roll around we plan to make a long run,” said Vandenhouten.