The Sauk Prairie Twins are set to begin the 2019 campaign Sunday at Middleton.
The Twins are coming off a 2018 season in which they compiled an overall record of 23-8, including going 14-2 in Sunday League action. Sauk Prairie earned the No. 1 overall seed in the Northern Section.
The Twins opened the postseason with a 5-4 win over Waunakee before suffering a 4-0 loss to Cross Plains in a Northern Sectional semifinal game. The Twins also lost in the second round of the Night League playoffs, falling to Jefferson.
The pitching staff returns intact. Sam Koenig and Taylor Koenig led the staff last year, finishing with 1.79 and 1.81 ERAs, respectively. Connor Leister and Jacob Pape also earned a number of innings, both putting up 3.14 ERAs while Pape recorded five wins and Leister notched two wins and two saves.
The heart of the batting lineup is back. Alex Mayer led off last season, finishing with a team-high batting average of .400. Chucky Schara, Sam Koenig and Lucas Koenig also hit over .300, while Sam Koenig had team highs with three home runs and a .994 on-base plus slugging percentage.
While the bulk of the lineup returns, the Twins will be without Trent Sorg, who recovered from shoulder surgery last season to hit a walk-off double to beat Waunakee in the playoffs.
Sorg put together a standout career for the Twins. He threw a no-hitter in 2001 and went on to manage the Twins.
“(He) is regarded as one of the top players ever to play for the Sauk Prairie Twins,” manager Lucas Koenig said. “His love of the game and competitiveness will be missed.”
The Twins will play during a number of local events this season, including a June 22 game against Cazenovia during Sauk Prairie’s Solstice Festival, a July 6 game against Wisconsin Dells prior to Fire on the River, and July 21 Hall of Fame induction game where the Twins will honor the two new inductees to the Sauk Prairie Baseball Hall of Fame — Rod Hehenberger and the 1966 Home Talent champion Sauk Prairie Twins.