Waukon baseball team plays to 8-29 record under first-year head coach

The Waukon baseball team played to an 8-29 overall record this season under first-year head coach Shane Schellsmidt. A team that most often fielded a line-up consisting of at least one player from every one of five varsity-eligible grade levels - eighth grade through graduated senior - worked to mesh together into a unit that seemed to book-end this season with, arguably, its best games of the season.

“I feel one of our greatest accomplishments was gaining experience, moving forward,” Coach Schellsmidt said. “Our young men had the opportunity to play a competitive schedule, strong teams, away from our comfort zone (on the road). As we’re attempting to build a foundation, competitive games are what you are striving for, allowing for growth to happen.”

“Moving forward, I feel extremely positive with our team for next year, I was able to see growth in many areas of the game,” Coach Schellsmidt summarized. “There were a lot of firsts for our young men, on the mound, and in the batter’s box. This is a close group of student-athletes, as demonstrated from what I observed, who play together in many sports, who have established trust, and have one goal, one focus.  Based on past experience, sitting in many dugouts, at various levels, if you want to build a winner, culture is key, and I like the direction we are heading.”

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