posted March 4, 2010

2010 Baseball Pre-Season Outlook

The Flying Dutchmen will be seeking to maintain the momentum of the
end of the 2009 season as they challenge for the Michigan
Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) championship and an
opportunity to compete in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Coach Stu Fritz's Dutchmen  finished the 2009 season strong to gain a
.500 record (20-20). At one point the team was seven games below the
.500 mark, but nine wins over the final 11 games salvaged the season
and put the Flying Dutchmen in a tie for third place in the MIAA
standings (15-13)

Coach Fritz begins his 17th year at the helm of the Flying Dutchmen.
His record entering the 2010 season is 330-261-2. His teams have won
more than two-thirds of their MIAA conference games (236-120, .663)
and won eight conference championships.

The pre-season roster of 29 players includes 18 returning
letterwinners.  There are 10 freshmen, seven sophomores, six juniors
and six seniors.

Tri-captains of the team will be seniors Alex Fryer of Clearwater,
Fla. (Clearwater HS), Robby Poll of Grandville, Mich. (Grandville HS),
and Scott Snyder of Berrien Springs, Mich. (Berrien Springs HS).

The Flying Dutchmen will be playing for the third season in the Boeve
Baseball Stadium, a beautiful facility that ranks with the best in
NCAA Division III.

Returning sophomore catcher Jon Ponte of Novi (Divine Child HS) was
named to the All-MIAA second team as a freshman.  He batted .368 for
the season and struck out only five times in 159 at-bats.  Junior
pitcher Derek Fairchild of Saline, Mich. went into the MIAA record
book a year ago when he threw a no-hitter against Albion. It was the
sixth in school history. Robby Poll was voted to the 2008 All-MIAA
second team.

The Flying Dutchmen return six players who hit .300 or better in 2009
-- Jon Ponte .368, Alex Fryer .341, junior Wyatt Curry of Sault St.
Marie, Mich. (Sault Area HS) .338, sophomore Steve Esbin of Carmel,
Ind. (Carmel HS) .333, sophomore David Winters of Hudsonville, Mich.
(Hudsonville HS) .333, and junior Colton Bodrie of Fremont, Mich.
(Fremont HS) .300.  Sophomore pitcher Adam Clements of Saline, Mich.
(Saline HS) fashioned a 5-0 record in 12 appearances as a freshman.

Four returnees have lettered three years -- pitcher Michael Dekker of
Hamilton, Mich. (Hamilton HS),pitcher Steve Tompkins of Glen Elyn,
Ill. (Glenbard West HS), Pete Zessin of Holland, Mich. (Holland HS),
and captains Scott Snyder, Robby Poll and Alex Fryer.

Other returning letterwinners include sophomore Zach Van Noord of
Hudsonville, Mich. (Hudsonville HS), sophomore Chris Mattson of
Muskegon (Mona Shores HS), junior Steve Lewis of Ada, Mich. (Forest
Hills Central HS), junior Andrew Klinkman of Ann Arbor (Dexter HS),
sophomore Danny Detmar of Chesterton, Ind. (Chesterton HS), junior
Drew Carmody of Grandville, Mich. (Grandville HS), and sophomore David
Winters of Hudsonville, Mich. (Hudsonville HS).

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