Don't miss

    Gladbrook Reinbeck Baseball Preview

    The Gladbrook Reinbeck baseball team went 20-9 last season before falling in the district finals to rival Grundy Center 11 to 8. The Rebels will have to replace some key seniors but bring back a lot this year.

    Key departures include Cameron Murphy who batted 449 with 4 Home Runs and 52 RBIS. Josh Cooley batted 391 with 27 RBIS. Jake Mohlis hit 267 with 24 RBIS. The Rebels will also have a new coach as Scott Kiburis takes over for Jeff Charlie.

    Key departures for pitching include Cam Murphy who had a 6-0 record in 7 starts pitching 40.1 innings with a 3.47 earned run average. Josh Cooley and Jake Mohlis also pitched a little out of the bullpen.

    Key players returning offensively include Joe Smoldt who was the Rebels top hitter batting 549 scoring 37 runs while stealing 26 bases and driving in 24. Alex Tscherter batted 412 and scored 44 runs as a Junior. Matt Roeding hit 350 with 29 RBIS as a Junior. Mason Skovgard also hit 301 with 4 Home runs and 30 RBIS as a Sophomore.

    Key pitching returning includes Mason Skovgard who went 3-1 in 39 innings with a 2.15 earned run average. Joe Smoldt went 3-3 in 36 innings with a 3.69 ERA. Tyler Tscherter went 4-0 in 33.2 innings with a 1.87 earned runs average as an 8th grader.

    The Rebels have enough back to be a very solid team. They will have to replace Cam Murphy who drove in 52 runs last season so that will be a big question mark early. GR has the pitching to be in the mix for a conference title if Smoldt returns to form, Skovgard and Tscherter take steps forward this should be a very strong pitching rotation. The Rebels will open the season at North Tama on Thursday Night.