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story.lead_photo.caption In this 2019 file photo, Jonathan Lieb of Calvary Lutheran fields a ground ball during a home game against Bunceton. Photo by Jason Strickland / News Tribune.

Calvary Lutheran coach Rusty Bourg is a fan of pitchers that throw strikes and a defense that executes behind them.

He might be in luck with this year's group of Calvary Lutheran Lions.

"We just like to compete, keep everybody healthy so we can continue playing," Bourg said. "We're capable of playing defense, and if we do, it'll keep us in a lot of games."

Game 1 of the spring season is today at Van-Far. Calvary's home opener is scheduled for 5 pm. Tuesday against Linn.

At the top of the pitching staff for the Lions is junior Jonathan Lieb.

Fellow junior Alex Procter will also get plenty of innings on the mound, but could move around the diamond quite a bit.

"Whatever position Alex plays we're in good shape," Bourg said. "He's a good outfielder, he can play third, he can play first."

Also in line for some work on the bump are freshmen Logan Meers, Jesse Jorgensen and Ben Hardin, as well as senior Morgan Allen.

"They all throw strikes, more so than in the past," Bourg said.

Making the plays in the outfield are Allen, Hardin and freshman Carter Brooks.

Allen is in his first year with the Lions baseball team, but has made an impression with his ability to track down fly balls.

"He's really fast and can go catch the ball," Bourg said.

Sophomore Matthew Johnson will also be available to play in the outfield when he's not at a track and field meet.

Jack Schmoeger, a senior, will split time between golf and baseball.

Playing in his fourth baseball season is Jared Braun, who'll play first base to start the season but is expected to switch back to his typical spot at second base later on.

Brooks will slot in at second base.

Meers could play behind the plate or at either corner infield spot. Jorgensen could play some at second or third while backing up Lieb at shortstop.

"We'll feel our way through the first half of the season," Bourg said.

Bourg noted Jorgensen and Hardin bring speed to the basepaths.

"They just need experience," Bourg said.

"They just need to play to get some confidence."

Calvary's first CCAA game is scheduled for April 6 against Prairie Home/Bunceton at home.

Other conference games are April 29 at Jamestown and May 11 against Higbee.

"Once spring gets rolling and they get a feel for where they are in the lineup and the expectations and putting the ball in play, that's the main thing, just put it in play," Bourg said.

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