Baseball Team Ready for Warmer Weather, Ready to Play Ball


Olivia Vanden Elzen, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Just as spring is coming into full swing, so is Notre Dame Academy’s baseball season.

The team began their season Monday, March 18, and is headed by Coach Jared Barker as well as led by senior captains Grady Brick, Tyler Nystrom and Will Sullivan.

After losing 11 talented players from last year’s Class of 2018, including decorated pitcher John Zacharias, the team is looking to rebuild.

“We don’t have as much experience this year as we have had in the past. We are going to have a lot of learning experiences because we have such a young team,” said Sullivan.

Though less experienced, the Tritons are still hoping to improve from last year’s 9-9 season and are scheduled to play 22 games this year. However, the unpredictable Wisconsin weather has already served as a challenge as the team has only begun to practice outside this week.

“One of the biggest challenges this year will be trying to be ready for games without having much practice outside. Along with that, the the first few games are always very cold,” said Nystrom.

“I don’t really enjoy the weather at the beginning of the season, as you can’t feel your hands for the entire game,” added Sullivan.

Another challenge the team is looking to face this season is playing in the tough Fox River Classic Conference which includes competitive teams such as Bay Port, De Pere and especially Preble.

Though these will be difficult teams to beat, the seniors all agree that one of their favorite things about the sport is that the game is so unpredictable and that anything can happen.

“Baseball is a streaky game and any team can beat any team on any given day. You are bound to have struggles no matter how good you are, but the way you respond is going to determine your success,” said Sullivan.

Along with winning some games, the team, especially the seniors, are looking forward to having  good times with their teammates as they wrap up the final season of their high school career.

“I am most looking forward to my last high school games with this group of guys,” said Brick.

Brick is the only senior planning to play college baseball as he hopes to play at St. Norbert College, but all of the seniors are grateful for the memories and encourage others to play.

“Even if you haven’t played in years that is fine. We have many kids who do that and you will make great memories with your teammates and the coaches,” said Nystrom.