EVERYTHING EVERGREENS (FOX SPORTS WAUSAU-WSAU) The best thing that can be said about SPASH is that some -- not all -- of their pitching will graduate this year. SPASH will lost Cal Giese, Austin Schulfer, and Aaron Nickel at the end of the year. Trev Anderson will be next year's star, and he'll still have two years of eligibility remaining. Even with who's coming back, the 2015 Panthers will be more pitching-rich than most of their Valley counterparts.
SPASH's pitching is the reason they'll contend for a state championship this year. They can play two or three games a week in post-season and still have quality arm to throw at their opponents. Most teams have a big drop-off once their number-one pitcher is spent, and that's when they exit the tournament.
This year there are some Wisconsin Valley Conference teams that simply can't touch the Panthers pitching. I can't imagine Wausau-East, Merrill, or Wisconsin Rapids ever giving Stevens Point a competitive game. 5 of Stevens Point's 8 conference wins have been shut-outs. 2-runs (by Everest, yesterday) is the most SPASH has allowed against Valley opposition. From SPASHs point of view, Everest is probably the team they'd feared the most. The 1-0 no-hitter in April is the closest game the Panthers have been in this year. And, even though yesterday's game was lopsided, the Evergreens doubled the number of total runs SPASH pitching has allowed in league play this year. SPASH is likely to finish a perfect 14-0 in the Valley, and I think they'll bring home a WIAA championship banner in June.