by Emily Armentrout
Former Manchester assistant coach and current Northfield football coach and physical education teacher Brandon Baker has been selected to coach Northfield’s varsity baseball team. Baker is also a former Northfield graduate.
Baker joins a completely new coaching staff, which includes Justin Branock, Cody Schell, Tory Shafer and Troy Vigar.
“The team is responding well,” Coach Baker said. “It’s a totally new staff; no one from last year is back and they’ve responded well to everything we’re trying to do with them.”
Not only did the Norse baseball team have a staff change up, they also lost multiple senior starters and the winningest pitcher in Indiana high school history. This year, the team is made up mostly of juniors and sophomores, with a lone senior.
“We don’t have a lot of varsity experience,” explained Baker of the Norseman’s struggle in their first game. “They are improving on getting the nerves out.”
Coming into a program that has a couple State championships under their belt is exciting for Baker.
“The good thing is that we didn’t have to try and teach an expectation to win; they’ve already got that. I just want to see us get better each game and see our guys improve and apply the little things we’ve been working on.”
With all the changes that have come for this team in the last year, Baker believes if the team believes in itself and each other, they’ll be back to their winning ways.
“As long as the guys believe that they can, I think they’ll realize we can put a string together,” Baker said.