It’s always tough to say goodbye to the senior leaders in any sport, and to say that the upperclassmen leaders of this past season’s Pella Christian baseball team will be missed would be an understatement. Eagles’ head coach Brad Rolffs had four seniors go the distance this summer, all of whom worked their way to the top of the order and held key positions in the field.
“We always want our seniors to be our best players. They’re the oldest; they’re the most experienced; and they’ve had the most time to work out and get better and improve,” said Rolffs. “Towards the end of the year, they really stepped up for us. Jordan Rossler led off for us all year, and was really solid at the plate – ended up hitting about .400 – so he was a great senior to have anchoring our lineup.”
“Leighton Schnedler came in – didn’t play baseball last year – but came in this year and did a great job hitting second for us, and played a really solid outfield,” added Rolffs. “Dan Hessing ended up in the third spot the last half of the year, and he was a great utility guy who ended up playing shortstop; but we could pretty much put him anywhere because he’d just run around with his speed and go catch any ball and throw guys out.”
“He’s [Hessing] a quiet guy, but he’s great to have around. He never complains, never questions anything; just keeps his head down and goes to work – so he’s great to be leading these younger guys,” said Rolffs. “Then Will VandeVoort – he’s pitching record didn’t really show it – but he was our ace all year long. [He] pitched really well for us and got some hard-luck losses, but ended up doing a good job at the plate for us too. He’s a great leader, and a great example of how to go out and work hard and improve.”
The Pella Christian baseball team finished season of highs and lows with a 12-23 overall record and were 5-13 in the Little Hawkeye Conference.