Wolves’ baseball opens 2017 against defending conference champs

The Wolves’ baseball team finished 13-12 last season. That was their best record since 2005 and, on Thursday, Apr. 6, they have another opportunity to step forward, beginning 2017 against the defending Granite Ridge Champions, Little Falls.
“We’re a much improved team from last season,” Milaca coach Craig Talberg said. “We finished off last year strong and it’d be nice to keep momentum going.”
The Flyers will test how much Milaca has progressed. They finished third in class 3A last season and despite losing nine seniors Talberg sees a challenge.
“They have such a good program, I know they’ll be tough,” Talberg said. “Usually you want a few [games] under your belt before playing such a tough opponent.”
The coach is confident, though, the boys will be ready. The Wolves took two-out-of-three games against the Flyers, in 2015, and suffered a close 6-3 loss to them last season.
“The positive thing is we aren’t afraid of them,” Talberg said.
Matthew Fransen will lead Milaca onto the diamond, Thursday. Their senior ace has loads of experience against the Flyers, posting a 2-2 career record.
Fransen is the main cog of an entire pitching staff that returns from last season, hopefully for Milaca, to shut down the Flyers while hitters like Calvin Manthie produce from the plate. A quick start could help boost the team’s finish from a season ago when they made it into the fifth round of the Class AA section six playoffs. Their deepest run in Talberg’s 17-year tenure as head coach.