A new brand of baseball is forming in Port Huron
New coach. New team. New attitude. The Skippers have an updated look, and are playing a new ball game in 2014.
After a 21-19 season in 2013, and missing the opportunity to be a State tournament qualifier by only one MCCAA league win, the Skippers Baseball team needed some renovations.
Returning to his alma mater, Scott Tesluck begins his first season as head coach at St. Clair County Community College, where he played in 2001 before being the middle infielder at SVSU.
“This is a big turning point,” said first year assistant coach, Cam Ciaciuch, “Coach Tesluck is good in this area, and he is bringing in good players.”
Tesluck, former assistant at Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central High School, coached the team to the 2005 State championship and 2007 State semi-finals.
Tesluck is coming to SC4 from a distinct baseball background, where he has coached three Mr. Baseball award winners in Michigan, including Tyler Mills and William Arnold of Mt. Pleasant in 2008, and Joel Seddon of St. Clair in 2011.
Ryan Walling, a transfer from Muskegon Community College, came to the Skippers in hopes of challenging himself under the new coach.
“Coach Tesluck is a new and young coach that has a ton of knowledge for the game,” said Walling, “He brings excitement and passion to this team.”
Walling, who has already committed his 2015 season to the University of Illinois Springfield, can see a bright future for the team.
“We have two things on our mind,” said Walling, “the conference championship and making it to regionals. We are ready to rock and roll.”
Jake Hornbacher, the returning first baseman, stands beside his coach in confidence.
“From a coaching standpoint, I don’t think it gets much better than Coach Tesluck,” said Hornbacher, “He is a good talent coach, and a good instructor. He’s the whole package.”
Hornbacher, committed to Cleary University in Howell, MI, is taking his last year seriously.
“Getting to playoffs is the main goal,” said Hornbacher, “being first or sixth place doesn’t matter, it’s a free for all.”
Go see the Skippers in action at their home game on March 29 at Sanborn Park against Grand Rapids Community College.