The pressure for the Movin’ Maroons’ foursome to perform at a high level only increases with the insertion of a freshman behind the plate. Trenton Poe may be a year removed from eighth-grade ball, but VanScyoc said the newcomer has gone above and beyond all expectations at catcher.
“He put the time into it,” VanScyoc said. “He really worked at it during the summer, we worked with him a lot during the fall. From start to finish he made huge improvements, huge strides. I’ve been impressed with how much he has really put into it.”
VanScyoc has held open tryouts this offseason, looking for capable closers to pitch a few innings when relief is inevitably needed. All members of Dieterich’s 16-man squad have taken turns on the mound, as VanScyoc is prepared to leave no stone unturned to milk a couple extra innings.
“We battle numbers all the time,” he said, “but we make the most of it. We’ve got three or four other kids who can throw, they’re going to need to give me one inning one day and another on another day.”
The positive attributes of senior leadership can go a long way with a thin roster like Dieterich’s, and that’s exactly why VanScyoc is placing such importance on his upperclassmen to help move the team along. Westjohn, Chris Lidy and Garrett Einhorn will all need to take this team under their wings in order for the Maroons to improve upon the fall’s 7-13 record.
“(They) really need to step up and provide some leadership to this team,” VanScyoc said.
While Westjohn’s presence will undoubtedly be felt on the mound and at first, all three will make a strong impact at the plate. The southpaw slinger will bat cleanup for Dieterich, and VanScyoc says that even though a good deal of the team’s success hinges on his pitchers, Westjohn’s skills with his bat could make all the difference.