By Ray Hamill — Depth could be the Huskies’ biggest asset in baseball this spring.
The Fortuna boys have 26 players on hand, with 17 of them playing predominantly on the varsity roster, including a deep senior and sophomore class.
And that depth is already paying dividends for the Huskies, who are off to a 2-1 start.
“What I like is the competition,” head coach Andy Olsen said of his team. “Having a lot of guys who can play. We’re very senior- and sophomore-heavy. It’s kind of a nice blend of some older guys and some younger guys.”
Olsen has 10 seniors to call on, many of whom will be expected to play a big role this spring, none more so Branson Gans and Joey Quen, who have made a seamless transition from football to baseball this past week.
“Branson Gans and Joey Quen were big leaders on the football team and they’re carrying that over to baseball,” Olsen said.
Gans has impressed early both on the mound and at the plate, while Quen threw a complete-game shutout against Del Norte on Saturday.
Fellow seniors Regan Nyberg and Aaron Head-Mason are also expected to close out their high school careers with a bang.
“Another senior who’s stepped up and is playing well is Jared Egan,” Olsen said of the outfielder, whose game has grown a lot over the past couple of years. “He’s definitely stepped up and is doing well on the young season.”
Tristan Dockweiler, Ethan Ward, Jason Renwand, Wyatt Wilson and Matt Berti round out a solid senior class.
And it’s not just the seniors who are impressing and pushing for starting spots.
“We have (a number of) sophomores that are pretty solid,” Olsen said. “And that bodes well for the future.”
The sophomore class includes Cole Ayala, who is coming off an impressive debut summer with the Humboldt Eagles in 2020, as well as Rylan Lommori, Matt Letter and Cody Collins, each of whom has impressed early in the season.
Among the juniors on the roster, Daniel Osborne has been impressing early, along with Corbin Reback and Cody Sauers.
The program’s JV team has also impressed early in the season, and overall, Olsen says his players are just glad to be playing again.
“It’s a year unlike any other and we just want to have fun and get the opportunity to play,” he said.