A seasoned Viking baseball team

  • Tue Mar 15th, 2016 11:30am
  • Sports

Vikings baseball team. Back row

Head coach Jim Passer has reason to be optimistic this year, coming off an impressive 10-4 regular season and his entire lineup returning.

As the architect behind resurrecting Orcas baseball, Passer is entering his fourth year as a coach.

He has the unusual luxury of having a solid group of “veteran” players amongst his 16-man roster.

“For once, I don’t have to say we have a young team,” he said. “I feel good about our depth and versatility. We have two freshmen but the core group of guys have been together a long time. I expect the league with be the same with tough games from Friday Harbor and La Conner. Last year we traded games with La Conner but lost both to Friday Harbor, so we have work to do.”

On April 23 the Vikings host Adna, the defending state champions, for a non-league game.

“Adna took a look at us and knew that we are not a pushover. Honestly I don’t know what to expect, but it is a unique learning experience for the guys,” Passer said.

He is helped by assistant coaches James Segault and Danny McAndrew.

The Vikings season starts at home with a double header against La Conner on March 29.