“He can hit for power,” VanScyoc said. “That’s the leadership I’m looking for out of him, to get it done at the plate.”
Lidy, a fast center fielder, will bat fifth for the Maroons. Though VanScyoc says his team doesn’t have a lot of power bats, Lidy should be another clear exception.
“When he hits it,” VanScyoc said. “he can really hit it. But he’s also not a one-dimensional hitter. He can hit to all fields.”
Einhorn, the Maroons’ sturdy third baseman, figures to bat sixth for Dieterich. The senior has a knack for getting on base, and possesses an unquestioned team-first attitude at the plate.
“He doesn’t try to do anything outside of his capabilities,” VanScyoc said. “If that means getting hit by a pitch, he’ll step in and get hit. He stays within himself. He’s just the type of kid that will do whatever it takes.”
Dieterich had troubles generating runs during the fall season, stumbling out of the gates for a 1-10 record. For VanScyoc, that can be attributed to a lack of patience in the batter’s box.
“We’re going to have to make a better effort at the plate this spring,” VanScyoc said. “We could have been more aggressive in the fall. When we won six of our last nine we were aggressive, hitting our pitches instead of the pitcher’s pitch. Once kids got on board with what we were trying to do, things started to take off. We have to continue to take that approach.”
The skipper says starting the game out strong will pay dividends in 2013, and leadoff man Alex Bohnhoff will give the Maroons a decent chance to start with a man on base. Jake Bohnhoff will bat second, and his hitting talents have VanScyoc excited for the front of his lineup.