Mar. 27—Finally, after last year's cancellation of spring conferences, fans are back in the seats and the players are back on the diamond. Dickinson High baseball team is cooking up something fierce as they begin the new season with the same mentality— "baby steps."
"I knew something like this was going to happen so I did a little more time than I normally do in watching Legion baseball in the summertime," head coach Pete Dobitz said. "To have a general idea what this spring was going to entail."
The west region team had 11 seniors and juniors on their 2019 roster, including juniors Kobe Krenz, Bryan Merry and Dawson Dassinger. However, there are still a lot of recognizable players and 8 seniors on their squad this year.
"The good thing about it is some of these seniors when they were sophomores were actually playing. They were in our lineup," Dobitz said. "I'm getting used to some familiar faces. They got a little more hair on the chin and their face because my seniors were sophomores when I saw them last."
The loss of Krenz will be a heavy blow as they replace their star pitcher but fortunately the potential is there.
"We got a sophomore that throws really well as a pitcher, Jadon Bast, but I would say that the core of the team is going to be those juniors and seniors, but there is going to be a sprinkling of younger kids," Dobitz said. "We got a junior, Troy Berg, he has been playing since he was a freshman so I would say that he is an elder classman just the fact that he has already played for a couple of years."
Some returning favorites will be Dickinson High state wrestling champion Troy Berg and senior Nathaniel Jilek, as a left fielder.
Coach Dobitz is expecting a season of building as he always keeps his eyes focused at the end of the road. They have younger players with perhaps hidden potential, which is something that they can prepare for but will not be established until game day.
"I have always been a coach that plays for the end of the year," Dobitz said. "So what you see on game one, who is on the lead spot and who is the number four spot or even who is on the field. It may be completely different than what is going to be at the end of the year."
The first game will be at 4 p.m. on April 6 against Watford City High. It will be non-regional and an away game. The first team the Midgets will face in the region will be the Mandan High School Braves. It will also be an away game at 4 p.m. on April 8.
"I told the boys over and over that it is never about individual stuff, it is always about team stuff and you don't find out about team stuff until the end of the year," Dobitz said. "We're going to proceed with what I have done for 20 something years and we're going to have baby steps and that we're ready to play at the WDA (regional tournament) time."