Pleasantville varsity baseball coach Sheldon Card is starting his 19th season as the Trojans’ head man.
Card simply finds a way to get the job done and with a lot of success.
His most recent Trojan squads have posted records of 23-12 in 2018; 18-14 in 2017; 29-10 in 2016 with a 1-1 record at the State Tournament in Des Moines.
The big year for the Trojans was a 35-4 mark in 2015 with a 2-1 record at State as the squad lost to Mason City Newman in the championship game.
Eight lettermen return for the Trojans this summer off the 23-12 club of a year ago.
Despite all the lettermen, there are more questions entering the season because the Trojans are playing in the West Central Athletic Conference (WCAC) for the first time.
In looking around the WCAC, Card replied, “Van Meter, Woodward-Granger, Des Moines Christian, Ogden, Madrid and Interstate-35 will all be very good with Van Meter possibly being ahead of all. We will get tested every night and must be ready to go early in the game.”
Card said, “We have some holes to fill from losing a great group of seniors last year. Our team has worked very hard thus far and every year we ask some guys to step up into large roles. Pitching depth will be a big piece of our puzzle this year and many guys will get a chance to show us their skills early in the season.”
Pleasantville returns eight lettermen to tackle the task ahead.
The veterans back to lead the way include seniors Max Hinners (OF/P), Kaydin Dyer (OF/1B/P), Grant Fouch (Inf/P), Quintin Berglund (Inf/P), Isaac Lopez (OF), Triston Mount (OF/Inf/P), Cael Lester (OF/C) and junior Wyatt Clark (Inf/OF).
Fouch, Berglund and Lester are the three multi-year starters for PHS.
“Our strengths are our work ethic, the ability to have fun and play loose. Our three returning starters have a great deal of experience to share with the rest of the team,” Card said.
In closing, Card added, “Our expectations are the same each year. Keep learning as the summer goes along, to be prepared, to never be satisfied, and to have fun along the way.”
Odds and Ends
Despite leaving the Pride of Iowa Conference, the Trojans have kept traditional power and rival Martensdale-St. Mary’s on the schedule. The teams will face off July 8 in Pleasantville.
The Trojans travel to Melcher-Dallas May 29 to face the Marion County rival Saints at 5 p.m.
The 2019 schedule is rugged enough with the change of leagues, but toss in teams like Bondurant-Farrar, Chariton and West Marshall and it’s tougher yet.