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Preble uses consistent play, superstitions during best season ever

Posted: 10:45 PM, May 31, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-31 23:52:24-04

Credit their success to a wolf, a princess backpack, or just plain old hard work paying off in dividends. What ever the case may be, the Preble Hornets made history this year by becoming the first Fox River Classic Conference baseball team to finish the regular season undefeated, 26-0. 

"We talk about staying in the moment," Preble head coach Andy Conard said. "Whatever the moment requires, we have to be ready."

Consistency is key, but some believe other factors are at work in Preble's success. Take for instance a Frozen princess backpack proudly worn by freshman Max Wagner. 

"I bring it to the ball field and I stack it up with seeds as much as I can everyday," Wagner said. "It's a good luck charm." 

Even more positive juju comes from a wolf lawn ornament staked in the ground at the Hornets home ball park. 

"They found it sitting as a decoy in the outfield to keep geese away at Joannes (Park)," coach Conard said. "I think they kind of adopted it as their unofficial mascot."

Just as the wolf keeps the geese at bay, Preble keeps their opponents off the score sheet and out of the win column. Coincidence, or something more?

"I don't know if I consider it a legend but it's just kind of a joke," senior first baseman Sean Loughney said. "I guess it kind of got our mojo going."

"I would like to say that it adds to our season success but maybe not," senior Jayden Adrians added.

Whatever the reason for success, coach Conard knows he has a special team this year, capable of making a run at the schools first ever WIAA State Championship in baseball.

No. 1 Preble plays No. 9 Ashwaubenon on Thursday, June 1 at 4:00 p.m. at Joannes Park in the WIAA Division 1 Regional Finals.