5 Vets Back, Sophs Bid Strong In 1963

The Hastings Gazette, April 11, 1963

Coach Buzz Ronstad explains some batting fundamentals to squad members. Front row, left to right, Jerry Peine, Fran Hale, Bruce Tjomsland, Tom Langenfeld, and Dale Hamilton; back row, Harold Robinson, Ron Driscoll, Jim Molitor, Jack Stern, Don Latch, Tom Holmes, Ron Bathrick and Connie Fuchs.

Off to their earliest outdoor start in about a decade, the Hastings High baseball squad which greeted coach Buzz Ronstad last week numbered 20.

Among the group are three lettermen back from  last season, two veterans of the previous season who were unable to compete last year, and six sophomores who are among the top contenders for several of the positions that remain.

The lettermen back from last season are seniors Bruce Tjomsland, pitcher, and Don Latch, first baseman, and junior Tom Langenfeld, shortstop.

Left-fielder Fran Hale, another senior, led the team in hitting two seasons ago, but broke a finger in the first game last spring and was unable to play the rest of the season. Senior Tom Holmes also played two years ago, but was unable to go out for baseball last year. Now he’s being counted on as the team’s second pitcher, otherwise playing an outfield position.

The scramble for other positions in mainly among sophs who competed last year on the “B” team.

Rongstad says sophomore Ed Kranz, back in school after a lengthy illness, appears certain in the catcher’s spot. Second base is being battled for by a pair of sophs, Ron Bathrick and Dale Hamilton, and third base is sought by sophs Ron Driscoll and John Bahls and junior Connie Fuchs. Jerry Peine, a junior is probable starter in center field, with Jack Stern, another junior, likely to share right field with alternating pitchersTjomsland and Holmes.