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Scott Alberts guiding baseball; Stacey Alberts continues coaching softball

Hawks baseball, softball are all in the family

Lynnville-Sully’s senior battery of catcher Carson Dunsbergen and pitcher Elijah Collins lead the Hawks in 2018.
Lynnville-Sully’s senior battery of catcher Carson Dunsbergen and pitcher Elijah Collins lead the Hawks in 2018.

SULLY — It’s a family affair for Lynnville-Sully baseball and softball.

For nine years, Scott Alberts was assistant softball coach for his wife, Lynnville-Sully head softball coach Stacey Alberts. There’s change for the 2018 summer high school ball season — Scott Alberts has moved into the Lynnville-Sully head baseball coach position.

“The opportunity opened up for the baseball head varsity position and after many hours of conversation and prayer I decided to take a leap of faith and apply for the position,” Scott Alberts said. “With a week of season under my belt, I could not be happier with my decision. We have a really good group of young men and I look forward to completing the journey I have started them on for this season.”

Scott Alberts said he was an athlete and had the opportunity to play for some all-time great coaches in high school and college. His coaches taught him more than sports.

“They taught me how to compete the right way in life. They taught me what it meant to set high goals and then the intense work that it took to achieve those goals,” Scott Alberts said. “I have chosen to coach today because it is my opportunity to give back to something that was so powerful in my life as a young person.”

He said coaching with his wife was about an opportunity for them both to give back and mentor the next generation through sports competition.

“It’s going to be different not coaching with my husband, but we will adapt and adjust,” Stacey Alberts said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Hawk Baseball

Scott Alberts takes over from Bob Scandridge, who was in his second stint as head coach at Lynnville-Sully, and inherits a team with returners who helped the Hawks win the South Iowa Cedar League conference championship last year with a 14-2 conference record.

The Hawks went 16-8 overall losing in a Class 1A district semifinal game. The SICL title was the first one Lynnville-Sully had won since 2001.

The Hawks have five pitchers returning and their All-SIC first-team catcher in senior Carson Dunsbergen. Seniors Elijah Collins and Josh Dunsbergen lead the pitching staff with Collins earning first-team conference honors as an infielder as he played third base when not pitching.

Josh Dunsbergen and senior Corbin James received SICL honorable mention honors.

“We have a very balanced squad in terms of players per grade level and depth at the pitching and catching positions,” Alberts said. “Our seniors and juniors provide good leadership on the infield and we have the offensive skills to get on base and score runners.”

Carson Dunsbergen hit .333 with 25 runs, 12 RBIs, 16 walks and seven steals. Collins, who played mostly third base when he wasn’t pitching, batted .373 with 24 runs, 27 RBIs and a team-best 21 steals.

Josh Dunsbergen went 3-2 as a pitcher with a 4.69 ERA. He batted .265 with 21 runs and eight RBIs. James batted .324 with 14 runs and 13 RBIs.

Other returning pitchers are junior Evan Squires and sophomores Blaize Kuhlmann and Bray Noun Harder. They each saw limited varsity action on the mound last year but figured into the rotation this season.

“We have several young arms that are looking pretty good at this point and I expect they will see some mound time early in the season as well,” Alberts said. “Keeping our pitchers and catchers healthy for the season and managing pitch counts are a couple of concerns for us.”

The Hawks have senior Cody Gibbs back along with juniors Abram Collins, Cale Foster and Nick Rea. Sophomores on the squad are Skylar Jenenga, Chaison Loupee and Slatter Young.

Freshmen on the team are Carter Dunsbergen, Manson Jansen, Luke Kramer, Alden LeCompte, Blake Rea, Dakota Seastrom, Kodie Waggoner and Payton Van Wyk.

“I am expecting this team to start strong, and get stronger as we start to put some games under our belts. These young men have been very receptive to a new coach and are working hard to button up the details on a daily basis,” Alberts said.

On Alberts’ baseball coaching staff are Kevin Johnson, Blake Dunsbergen and Dustin Dunsbergen. The coaching staff is working to bring along the Hawks’ younger players fast enough to compliment the veteran guys at the start of the season and managing the schedule chaos of baseball preseason.

Alberts said he expects the Hawks to be in the hunt to repeat as SICL champions. He said the SICL is tough and the Hawks will need to bring their best game to the field each and every night.

The Hawks open the 2018 season on the road at 6 p.m. on Monday against Montezuma in SICL action.

Hawk Softball

Stacey Alberts enters her 13th season as Lynnville-Sully softball head coach. The Hawks are coming off an 18-12 season overall and tying for third in the South Iowa Cedar League with an 11-5 mark.

“The girls are looking fine, but it’s tough to really know much right now with things being chaotic with the spring sports kids,” Alberts said. “We have a lot of good kids who are talented and good athletes. I’m looking forward to coaching them.”

Lynnville-Sully has eight player back from last year’s squad, which was young. Alberts said the Hawks are still pretty young with just one senior and three juniors on the squad.

Senior left fielder McKinley Conover earned SICL honorable mention honors last year. Conover hit .370 with seven runs, 22 RBIs and five doubles.

Junior shortstop Carson Fisk was named to the SICL second team. Fisk batted .337 with 26 runs, 17 RBIs, 19 steals and seven doubles. 

Sophomore Mallory Loftus is the Hawks’ top pitcher, going 13-6 a year ago with a 3.69 ERA. She allowed 128 hits, walked 42 and recorded 45 strikeouts. Loftus hit .378 with four doubles and 13 RBIs. She was 13-of-15 on stolen base attempts.

Junior Shilo Cunningham is back at first base. She hit .315 and was second on the team with three home runs. She drove in 21 runs and had nine stolen bases.

Sophomores Janelle Rozendaal, Kenzie Lanser and Kaleah Ehresman are back. Also back are freshmen Caitlin Alberts and Korrine Jansen. Lanser and Jansen are catchers and Alberts is a pitcher who was 1-3 last year as an eighth-grader. 

Rozendaal, Alberts and Lanser can play in the infield and Jansen in the outfield. Freshman Denali Conover is expected to work into the pitching circle during the season.

“We have a pretty good core group of kids back. Our athleticism is a strength for us. We’ll play our style of softball as we have always done, utilizing the talents we have,” Alberts said.

“The SICL is stacked and going to be very tough again. Out of the four teams which went to state last year only three kids graduated,” 

Stepping into the assistant coaching position is Shelby Johnson.

“Shelby is a great addition and she has good softball knowledge coming from a strong high school program and playing at the college level,” Alberts said. “Once she gets comfortable, Shelby will contribute a lot to our squad. It’s going to be a fun season.”

Lynnville-Sully begins the 2018 season in a 6 p.m. SICL game on Monday at Montezuma.

Contact Jocelyn Sheets at
641-792-3121 ext. 6535
or jsheets@newtondailynews.com

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