Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 15, 2013

Dieterich to get most out of pitchers

DIETERICH — The ice machine at Dieterich High School should get its fair share of use this spring. With a limited roster of 16 players, and four starting pitchers, coach Jamie VanScyoc’s staff will surely have some sore shoulders during the lengthy season ahead.

VanScyoc, in his ninth season at the helm, says those that do take the mound should be prepared to last.

“Our pitchers are going to have to go deep in games,” he said. “That’s the one thing we are going to have to count on, that those kids can give me five or six strong innings.”

Junior Tanner Traub will take over as the number one hurler, and the talented pitcher has accumulated plenty of experience thus far. A starter since he first walked the halls of Dieterich High School as a freshman, Traub has steadily shown improvement, earning a spot on the All-National Trail Conference team this fall. When he’s not pitching, Traub will position himself at shortstop.

Joining him in the rotation is senior Brandon Westjohn, a strong-armed lefty that will also see time at first base. VanScyoc says Westjohn has already displayed much promise.

“He’s been a starter the last couple years and has seen some innings on the mound,” VanScyoc said. “He really stepped up in the fall.”

Rounding out the rotation are junior Jake Bohnhoff, who will split time at left field, and sophomore Alex Bohnhoff, who will assume shortstop duties when Traub is on the mound. The pair will not surprise any batter with ridiculous speed when they’re pitching, but VanScyoc says the two have excellent ball control.

“Jake is accurate, he’s around the plate and throws a lot of strikes. He tries to mix up speeds a lot and keep guys off balance,” VanScyoc said. “Alex is another starter, throws a lot of strikes and does a really nice job on the mound.”

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