East baseball team ready for another run at state title
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
East finished 32-10 last season.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Iowa high school baseball and softball began Monday. Sioux City East, which fell short of its first state title in the 4A baseball championship game to Johnston, hit the field Monday night against Le Mars.
The Black Raiders return 11 players off of last year's runner-up squad including Jake Westphal, Davis Camarigg and Hayden Godfrey.
The three combined for 17 of East's 32 wins and also logged a 2.53 earned run average.
After making a deep run at the state tournament, with the firepower it returns, East is poised for another run at a state title.
"It hurt more than anything last year losing in the state championship game," Westphal said. "It's something that not only I personally want to get back there but as a team we want to get back there and win a state championship."
"We think we have the potential to go back to state and win state this year," Camarigg added. "We were a little short year, but there's a buzz about it and I think we know we can do it."
One major void East has to replace is the one left by Dom Thompson-Williams.
The Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year, Thompson-Williams led the team in average, home runs with four, and scored 57 runs a season ago.
"It's a lot of offense to replace," Ocker said. "Dom has kind of been a table setter and it was kind of interesting tonight not writing his name down on the lineup card for the first time in four years. It's got to be a team effort for us to replace that offense."
East won it's first game of the season 16-1 over Le Mars Monday night.
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