This past season served as an important step in the construction of a perennial baseball contender at Pella Christian High School, and Eagles’ head coach Brad Rolffs has plenty to continue to look forward to. While he lost some very important seniors to graduation, Rolffs also had a number of underclassmen see plenty of significant innings at the varsity level. It’s that experience and youth that has the Pella Christian coach looking forward to the future.
“The most exciting thing about it is we’ve got some guys that really love baseball – some guys that want to play more than just in the three months of our season. They really love the game, they want to play it all the time, [and] they want to work at it. We’ve got quite a few guys in the lower grades who have a dream to go on and play college baseball; so that’s fun, first of all,” said Rolffs.
“Also we’ve got some great arms down there – at the lower level – and some guys who are really developing, throwing hard, and love to pitch. That’s an exciting thing too – pitching’s always kind of the key to how your season is going to go. If you have the arms to take you through, some good things can happen.”
Among the young players that will be depended upon in the future are sophomores Coltin Collins and Andrew Vander Hart and freshmen Dillon Branderhorst and Jason Holwerda – who all gained a great deal of experience this past season during the Eagles’ 12-23 campaign.