Home Federal has eyes set on the prize

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Despite coming up short of an NSAA title in the spring season, many Grand Island prep baseball players are back on the diamond.

"I don't think it changes much, we have everyone pretty much from our high school team coming to play Legion baseball, so our pitching is going to lead us and we have a good line–up, so we're going to just play some good baseball," outfielder Casey Burnham said.

Of the Home Federal 16-man roster, 13 come from the 21–9 Islanders and several of those have a collegiate baseball future.

At shortstop and pitching once again is Huskers commit Shay Schanaman, along with Burnham, who signed with Kansas, and Creighton verbal Cole Evans.

"These guys are great baseball players and have been for a long time, you know they know how to play the game we're just here to help them," first-year head coach Jake Ritzdorf said.

While there’s a variance of baseball from spring to summer, and even more changes coming in college, right now the Home Federal eyes are set on the same goals.

"Having a good spring and we're hopefully riding that wave in the summer, and like Casey said we're implementing a few new things, but we're not changing a lot," Ritzdorf said.

Grand Island went 3-1 at their home tournament over the weekend and now have their first double–header of the season against Norfolk Tuesday night at Ryder Park.

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