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IEL baseball preview – Coeur d’Alene expected to repeat as league champions

Last year, Coeur d’Alene finished runner-up for the state championship after winning the Inland Empire League 5A with a 21-6 overall record.

Coach Nick Rook has eight starters and 13 lettermen returning for the Vikings and expects good things out of 6-foot-6, 230-pound pitcher Michael Hicks.

“Expectations for the Viks are as high as ever,” Rook said. “The kids are looking to make another deep run into the playoffs.”

Post Falls coach Dustin Frank is hoping to improve on a 6-16 season that placed the Trojans fourth in the league.

“We are a team full of a lot of multi-sport athletes. We know how to compete and work through adversity,” Frank said.

The Trojans lost five starters but they return six lettermen from last year’s squad.

“We have a lot of newcomers to the varsity team,” Frank said. “There will be some growing pains and bumps in the road that will take time to smooth out.”

Rook paid a compliment to Post Falls’ all-league pitcher Ryan Hunt, saying he “is the highest velocity kid our league has seen in quite some time.”

Frank also lauded all-league and all-state pitchers Sean Sutton, Nick Nyquist and Kolby DeHaas for Coeur d’Alene.

“Sutton mixes speeds and locates well. Nyquist is an excellent bat with a good glove,” he said. DeHaas has “great leadership quality and fundamentals.”

All three of those players have committed to play college baseball, Rook said.

“We return almost all our entire 2013 lineup and add some great younger players,” he said.

Tom Clouse

Predicted finish
1. CdA3. Lewiston
2. Post Falls4. Lake City
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