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Henrigillis Leads Peshtigo Baseball into Packerland
Issue Date: April 12, 2018
In his first full season as Peshtigo's Head Baseball Coach and the team's first season since the jump to the larger Packerland Conference, Neal Henrigillis has big expectations for his Bulldogs.
"I envision our team competing for a conference and a couple regional wins if we continue to grow as a team and as baseball players," Henrigillis said. "The talent is there to catch some of the new Packerland competitors off guard."
Henrigillis, who spent the last two seasons as the Bulldogs' JV coach, took over for Pat Robbins in the middle of last season.
He returns senior catcher Riley Reif and outfielder Trevor Bloch at the plate, with sophomore pitcher Nick Nielson and junior Darren Dionne expected to carry most of the weight on the mound.
Reif and Bloch each earned M&O Conference second team honors. Reif finished last season with a .380 on-base percentage, while Bloch may be the team's top returning player. He reached base at a .442 clip with a .327 batting average last season.
"Trevor is a solid, steady player," Henrigillis said. "He has the same demeanor each day in a positive manner. He always wants to get better and he has grown consistently in his time in our program."
Nielson and Dionne must pick up where Cole Tackmier left off last season. Since being called up to varsity for the first time in 2015, Tackmier earned an honorable mention last season on the mound.
Junior Nolan Lemke and senior Brock Bero will likely round out the rest of the starting rotation, with Alex Dolata, Brody Heroux and Jacob Gordon finding some work on the mound as well.
The weather has only allowed the Bulldogs to get onto the field for one game so far this spring, a game the Bulldogs won 8-2 against Kewaunee. Henrigillis, who went to high school at De Pere and has been teaching at Peshtigo for four years now, is looking forward to getting the season truly started.
"I am beyond excited to take on my first full season as varsity baseball coach for Peshtigo," Henrigillis said. "Being a varsity coach has always been a goal for me, and to accomplish that at the age of 27 is a great privilege."
The team's greatest competition this season will likely be Sturgeon Bay, who is a top-ten team in Division II. Oconto and Southern Door also bring some strong teams to the Packerland this season.
"The new conference is going to be a challenge," Henrigillis said. "The Door County area has quality baseball programs that we will have to be ready to compete with day in and day out."
Returning lettermen for the Bulldogs include senior Mitchell Ahrens (infield), juniors Travis Plym (shortstop) and Cameron Noffke (first base).
New prospects of this year's roster include junior Brandon Eick (first base/outfield), Jared Madsen (outfield) and Jared Potkay (outfield).