‘It’s like Christmas came in spring’: Holmen Baseball glad to be back

The weather didn’t fully cooperate, but today is a huge day for Coulee Region sports, because the two year-hiatus is over, and Wisconsin high school spring sports can practice for the upcoming season.

What a difference a two-year gap makes. Take Holmen baseball, for example. Last time fans saw them in 2019, they had pitching depth other programs only dream about.
Now it’s almost like they’re starting from scratch.

Coach Mark Wall says there isn’t an athlete on the roster who’s thrown an inning at the varsity level, but adds that a lot of area programs will be in the same boat.

One of their best hitters and Winona State commit Ryland Wall tore his triceps during a Vikings football game three weeks ago, so he’ll be missed too.

Then of course there’s the later start to the season because of the alternate fall season that was squeezed in, but Wall says the later start has worked well, because they can start practice outside right away.

Even with challenges ahead, the prevailing sentiment on this field is pure joy to be back.

“It’s been long-lived for,” Coach Wall said. “Pretty passionate boys up here who want to play some baseball, and it’s been hard for them the last few years, me included–sitting out and wishing we had something. Now we do.”

“It’s like the best feeling in the world, like Christmas came in spring,” senior outfielder Mason Troyanek said. “Being out here, just makes everything so much better. And it’s my senior year so I’m just going to take everything in.”

Holmen opens the regular season a week from Thursday hosting Onalaska at The Pit.