Manitowoc Bandits season preview

June 4, 2012

As the Manitowoc Bandits begin to play league games this week, one thing is clear: this isn't last year's team.

Wisconsin State League

As the Manitowoc Bandits and several other local amateur baseball teams begin to play league games this week, one thing is clear — these aren’t last year’s team’s.

For the Bandits, gone are all 10 offensive starters from last year’s Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League championship team. In is first-year field manager and pitcher Jason McCurry. McCurry has played college baseball and has worked out for independent professional teams.

“We will have to build chemistry together, but we have talent,” McCurry said after observing the Bandits’ first set of practices last week. “I think it will be a fun experience for everyone and I think we will be able to make a run at racking up some wins this season.”

The Bandits, McCurry acknowledged, are young and inexperienced. However, the squad boasts a potent pitching staff, led by Andrew Doring, of John Carroll University in Ohio, and Nick Scourey, of Whitworth University.

Joining Scourey from Whitworth, which experienced the winningest season in program history last season, are shortstop Nick Motsinger and outfielder Thomas Wakem. The trio, along with pitcher Taylor Isadore, recently completed their College World Series visit in Appleton.

“Overall I think we are going to be solid at every position,” McCurry said. “Pitching will be our strength, but we are solid all around.”

Also in the lineup, former Ships player and current Marian Sabre player Casey Schreiner joins the Bandits for his first full season.

“My expectation is to be successful and the expectations the Bandits have every season is taking home a championship,” McCurry said.

The Bandits’ first NWBL game is Wednesday as they travel to take on the Appleton Legends. The Bandits’ first home WSL game is Sunday against the Kenosha Kings.

Story by: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

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