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2019 SEASON PREVIEW
By: Steven Ballman JR
7 UP rolls into 2019 looking to duplicate their 2018 campaign. The talented squad finished the season at 21-6 and won the Western Division Grand Championship over their rival Brookfield Bulldogs. They will look to repeat in 2019.
The lineup on paper seems to be 7 UPs strongest since around 2010. The squad will be led again by the manager of the year last season and 7 UP hall of famer Adam Rohlinger. Rohlinger’s "play hard approach" and "laid back" style has been planted in this franchise and has made him one of the most successful mangers in team history. Far cry from the days of 2010 and the rookie hazing that took place. He is joined by his best friend and other 7 UP legend Billy Bynum. These 2 LOL iconic figures continue to show that there is no end in sight, as both hit above .438 last year and looked strong as ever. Adam was constantly on base like usual and Billy’s old power returned. Billy also bought a camper and Adam looks fit as ever, including incredible eye sight.
Not to be forgotten, Matt Schubert and Matt Parrent look to continue their torrid pace as of last year. Parrent won the regular season MVP, whereas Schubert took home the playoff MVP after winning MVP in 2017. For his work, the LOL division rewarded Schubert a new shiny corvette. Parrent on the other hand, had his second child recently and has really taken a new approach to life. Look for him to be much calmer after strikeouts/bad things this season. His softball swing/stance has proven to be a fine adjustment. Both will hit in the middle of the lineup and have incredible gap to gap power.
Taylor Koth, Adam Sarauer, and Casey Krohn return to round out the veteran presence needed to win big games in this tough division. Koth will be primarily used in a utility role this season around the diamond. After earning Offensive Player of the year honors in 17, Koth struggled by 7 UP standards at the dish last season. Expect him to rebound though, as sources say the recently engaged Koth is in the process of retooling his whole swing/approach with a certified hitting instructor and manger Rohlinger. Sarauer returns in his second full season with 7 UP. Putz had a stout year at the dish in his 7 UP full time rookie campaign. He hit .373 and drove in 18 runs with big time clutch hits. His swing when he does happen to miss though is something I would pay admission for itself. He also slotted into catcher and did an excellent job handling the pitching staff. Crohn like Parrent, also recently had another child and will fill in wherever needed. His golf swing/handicap continues to improve each season. His performance at last years LOL's outing could be compared to Tiger at this years Masters.
Mike Szeszol will continue to man CF for 7 UP after a great inital rookie season. The ROY candidate was a great addition last season along with his good friend/classmate Dan Ranieri. Szeszol had a scorching season with the bat hitting .435. His necklace/chain/attempted swagger remain tops in the league. Ranieri heated up in the second half and was outstanding defensively. His bomb in Game 1 of the championship series showed power the team never knew existed. Both now understand what it takes to become a top notch LOL player without a 2 hour college warmup. They also recently have purchased new wood bats after understanding composite bats have less power.Look for power surges from both.
Not to be lost is a huge offseason addition for 7 UP. Sam Mattheis returns after a short hiatus from the franchise. Sam played with 7 UP during the 15-16 seasons and was an all star both seasons. Mattheis will take over in RF and remains one of the best hitters in LOL and will slot right into the middle of the 7 UP lineup. His versatility, speed, and power will be a huge addition for the franchise as well as his friendship with Matt Parrent.
Nick Winter will man the leadoff spot when he returns from UWM. The rookie of the year in 2018 had an unforgettable season. Winter hit .514 and won the league batting title from the leadoff spot. Winter has incredible control of the bat and will look to build on the ROY award. He also went 2-0 on the mound with a 1.65 ERA. His buddy and catcher Jack Thelen hopefully will also return. Jack has had a real strong season at UWM and is currently hitting .400 for the 20-13 Panthers. He also is a stout defensive catcher.
7 UPs pipeline also remains strong as a few players will return when done with their College/HS seasons. Joey Behm has had a strong season at in Minnesota at MLC playing shortstop for the Knights. His slick glove and versatility are key as he can play anywhere in the infield. Brett Cramer also had a strong college season drinking for UW Platteville. The speedy/patient infielder consistently dons the 7 UP hat while consuming many beers with college buddies. Great free marketing for the team. Look for the transition home to be tough though this summer. Although if anyone can do it, Brett can. Johnny Baumann will hopefully return for his second season. Baumann, a recent Loras College commit, launched some deep home runs last season and has incredible power/sense of humor.
The pitching staff will continue to be led by Tyler Adams, Parrent, and Winter. The 3 headed trio combined to throw 133+ innings last year as each brings something different to the table. Adams continues to put up wins year after year. The crafty vet has established his running fastball as one of the best in the business. Parrent is always reliable and has become one of the toughest matchups in the division when his arm isn't hurting. Schubert, Szeszol, and Tom “TRICO” Seabass will round out the bullpen. Seabass looks to rebound after a hard luck season in 2018. His Brett bat sitting in the middle of the dugout remains a weekly iconic scene that one has to experience if ever at a 7 UP game. Scott Henrich, leads a strong contingent of high school arms that will be around now that high school baseball plays in the winter time.
Other players/alumni we hope to see playing in 2019- Evan Albrecht, Zach Biermann, Paul Hoenecke, Danny Mueller, Austin Sarauer, Dylan Rondorf, Matt/Ryan Rohlinger
Other alumni we hope to see around the ballpark- Jed Justman, Kevin Bush
7 UP will kick off the season on Saturday, May 11th at 11 AM at Regner Park. We hope to see you there-
2018 LOL Grand Champions
2018 SEASON AWARDS
Adam Rohlinger- Manager of the Year
Nick Winter- Rookie of the Year and League Batting Champion
Matt Parrent- Land O' Lakes Western Division MVP
Matt Schubert- Land O' Lakes Western Division Playoff MVP
Billy Bynum- Offensive Player of the Year
(2018 LAND O' LAKES GRAND CHAMPS)
Back Row (L to R) Jack Thelen, Austin Sarauer, Taylor Koth, Johnny Baumann, T.J. Seewald, Matt Parrent, Tyler Adams, Adam Rohlinger
Front Row (L to R) Billy Bynum, Adam Sarauer, Nick Winter, Matt Schubert, Michael Szeszol, Dan Ranieri
Missing: Evan Albrecht, Joey Behm, Brett Cramer, Casey Krohn, Daniel Mueller, Matt Rohlinger, Dylan Rondorf