On the heels of a successful VFW 16U teener season, the group of teens pictured above reflect on their past three years playing ball together. Shown back row, left to right are Dylan Schimke, Mason Schelske, Quinten Christensen, Clay Olinger, Draven Thompson. Front row, left to right: Camden Jost, Tyler Fastnacht, Cale Mohling, Cade Mohling.  Not pictured but part of the core, three-year group are Cooper Hainy, Coen Harvey and Landon Cleveland. 

Laughter roared through the grandstand as a group of local teener baseball players made up of close friends walked down memory lane together, pouring over the trophies, medals and awards they won together over the past three years. Their camaraderie is evident and from what their coaches say, it has been the team’s secret weapon when it comes to emerging victorious in VFW baseball.

“This group of kids have been very successful over the past three years.  Springs has won various tournaments throughout those three years, and have qualified to the state tournament in each of those years as well,” said Coach Cory Mohling.  

Both this year and last year, the boys were members of a team that brought home the consolation championship trophy. They’ve won multiple tournaments across the state including opponents from other states and much larger communities.

“In a year where we were not even sure if we would play baseball, we concluded the season with the consolation championship trophy.  Next year some of these kids will be moving up to Legion baseball where they hope to carry on the tradition they have had during VFW baseball,” Mohling stated. 

Quinten Christensen and Cade Mohling attribute some success to Starburst, licorice and Double Bubble, all of which they say teammate Tyler “Fuzzy” Fastnacht introduced to his fellow teammates.      

When asked to recall time spent together over the past three years, the question  was posed to the boys: what has been your favorite moment together as a team? 

Dylan Schimke was quick to respond matter-of-factly, “What hasn’t been?”