Boomer Elmsdale
Fri, February 16, 2024 at 12:02 PM
It's that time of year again, when spring approaches and the sounds of baseball fill the air. The sun shines a little brighter and the smell of fresh cut grass is inescapable. In Tonganoxie, Kansas, the community is buzzing with anticipation for the 2024 high school baseball season. With high expectations and a talented team, Coach Mitch Loomis is ready to lead the Tonganoxie High School baseball team on a journey to the state tournament. Coach Loomis understands the importance of setting goals and having a strong work ethic to achieve them. He knows that in order for his team to make a return trip to the state tournament, they must focus on the day to day tasks and go above and beyond. With the right attitude and dedication, this team has the potential to go far. One key player to watch this season is senior Trevor McGraw. As a state pitcher and all-league infield selection last year, he has proven to be an extremely talented player. With high velocity and an above average breaking ball, he has all the tools to repeat as an all-state selection. However, he will need to step up as a leader and be a big game performer in order for the team to reach their goals. Luke Kessinger is another senior to watch out for. At 6'2, he is a physically imposing player with a plus fastball on the mound and power at the plate. While he needs to work on his mental game, he has the potential to be a game-changer for the team this season. Brendan Briley, a returning starter in center field, will also play a key role this year. With a strong arm and incredible athleticism, he has the size and strength to be a middle-of-the-lineup player. After a solid junior season, he is looking to build off of last year's success and put up big numbers in 2024. As for the younger players, sophomore Baron Dohrn will be competing for a starting catching spot. He will have big shoes to fill with the departure of Logan Wake, a run of all-state catchers. He will need to quickly adjust to the varsity level both as a catcher and at the plate. Sophomore Merek Davenport, at 6'7, is another up-and-comer to watch. He has the potential to be a special left-handed pitcher and will also compete for a spot at first base.