State champion Newman looks forward but takes time to reflect

“We’ve been playing together since we were probably six or seven years old,” said senior Andrew Morse. “That’s 11-12 years with the same guys.”

Posted: Jul 30, 2018 9:07 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2018 6:42 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa- After the final pitch was thrown Saturday, it also was the end of many of the Newman Knights high school baseball careers.
“We’ve been playing together since we were probably six or seven years old,” said senior Andrew Morse. “That’s 11-12 years with the same guys.”
After going an incredible 40-1 this season, losing a number of seniors is going to have an impact on the 2019 Knights.
“We’re going to miss them a ton,” said Evan Paulus, a junior. “I think we had 7 of them in the starting lineup today.”
But with Paulus and Josh Fitzgerald, among others, and a number of other juniors stepping into their senior year, there’s high hopes to make it back to Principal Park again next year for a chance at a third straight title.
“Our guys are going to step up next year and help us try and get back here again,” said Paulus.
“We have a good nucleus coming back,” said Coach Alex Bohl. “Evan and Josh, who are two of the best players in the state in their class, we’ve got a lot of juniors who probably could have played on a lot of other teams.”

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