Veterans to lead Kings

May 26, 2010

Those who enjoyed watching the Kenosha Kings last season should be in for another treat this year.

Wisconsin State League

Those who enjoyed watching the Kenosha Kings last season should be in for another treat this year.

With returning players at nearly every position, the Kings begin defense of their Langsdorf League title in hosting the Milwaukee Beavers 7:30 tonight at Simmons Field.

The Kings (1-0) opened their season on Tuesday with a 2-1 non-league victory over the Kenosha Merchants at Simmons Field.

“Having such a veteran team, our fans and community should expect good, solid baseball at all three phases of the game,” Kings’ manager Tim Pulizzano said.

“But it comes down to the same thing year after year: consistency, reliability, strong starting pitching, quality at-bats and timely hitting. With our wealth of leadership and talent, this could be a special year for us.”

26th year

The Kings, entering their 26th season, compete in the Langsdorf League and Wisconsin State League. The team plays all of its home games at Simmons Field. Admission is free.

Once again, the Kings will rely heavily on their deep and talented pitching staff. The rotation features Jon Olson, Randy Johnson, Jon Kleinmeyer, Chadd Ori, Jason Bunton and Jack Olson.

Jon Olson went 7-0 with a 0.59 ERA and was named WSL Pitcher of the Year, while Ori finished 7-1 with a 3.00 ERA in claiming the Langsdorf League’s Pitcher of the Year honors.

Left-hander Sean Kennedy and hard-throwing right-hander Eric Schumacher are two of the team’s top newcomers.

Deep pitching

“We know our top six guys can shut down any team on any given day and have proven that year after year,” Pulizzano said.

“But we also know these two young guns will be fun to watch develop at this level and see where they fit in this rotation. We have heard nothing but positive things about these guys. We may have some rising stars in this organization.”

The Kings are led by a number of veteran position players, including catcher Billy Johnson, third baseman Mark Cibrario and outfielders John Pulera and Jason Dennis. Infielders Jason Acevado, Joe Ferro, Rob Novotny and Ross Conwell are also returning.

— Jeffrey Zampanti

Bauer Softball Classic

The inaugural Bernie Bauer Softball Classic will be held June 5 at Simmons Field.

All former Kenosha Kings are eligible to compete in the game. Players with seven or more years experience with the Kings will be honored after the game with a jersey dedication ceremony.

The game begins at noon and precedes the Kings 3 p.m. doubleheader against the Lexington Snipes.

For more information, contact Mark Cibrario at (847) 738-6465.

Story by:  Kenosha News
Photos from the Kenosha News were used

The Wisconsin State League is one of the premier semi-professional/amateur baseball leagues in the mid-west. In operation since 1970, the Wisconsin State League is a highly competitive league that features many of the midwest's top current and former collegiate athletes, as well as many former professional baseball players. Keep up to date on everything happening in the Wisconsin State League by following the league online on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. | #WSL