WHEATON – After a summer campaign in which his Wheaton North baseball team played nearly 25 games, Falcons' coach Dan Schoessling was happy with the progress he saw over the six weeks.
"I think we had a really good summer," Schoessling said. "We had good commitment from this group. We had a couple days where we were missing guys, but for the most part we had everyone there throughout the summer."
The squad finished with a 13-10-1 record after falling to Naperville Central in the summer playoffs.
"I think we won the last six regular season games," the coach said. "We played well towards the end. We were playing really good defense and even though we were a little inconsistent with the bat, there were a couple of games where we put up double digits in runs.
"We showed flashes of being a really good team. It was a good summer overall."
Where as the Falcons had plenty of questions on the mound this past spring, the summer season indicated the pitching staff should be a strength heading into the 2015 season.
Charles Robin and Zach Colangelo are expected to return in 2015 after combining to throw 88 innings while winning eight games this spring. Sam Lawrence also tossed nearly 20 frames after missing the early portion of the season due to injury.
"Sam had a really good summer," Schoessling said. "He got better with every start and if he can continue to progress the way he has, he can be a really good pitcher at the varsity level. We are counting on him to be a starter for us next year."
Connor Morency and Luke Norman also could get innings.
As far as offensively and defensively, much still needs to be sorted out going forward since a large portion of the lineup was lost to graduation. Robin had 70 plate appearances in the spring while Colangelo and Andrew Hrgich received some time. Incoming sophomore Eric Mueller is also expected to be a major contributor in the outfield.
"We still have a few spots in the field that kids will be competing for," Schoessling said. "That's not the worst situation to have. We are all looking forward to the spring and getting ready for it in the offseason."
Getting physically stronger is a major point of emphasis in the upcoming months.
"The weight room will be big for us," Schoessling said. "This is a really dedicated group and some have already been in the weight room. It should be interesting how we develop through the offseason."
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