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Janesville Craig used No. 1 rank and talented roster to eye up state title in 2018

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Two games into the season and the Janesville Craig Cougars have two wins, but will have a large target on their backs this season. The Cougars are ranked as the No. 1 team in the state, and have one of the most talented rosters to match it.

"We have a lot of guys in our program that want to be good," Said Cougars head coach Victor Herbst. "This is important to them, so it's not a problem to get them to work hard." 

Hard work, matched with talent. The Cougars have four NCAA Division 1 recruits on their roster. Three of those four are headed to Big Ten schools and can play a variety of positions on the diamond. 

Future Michigan recruit, junior shortstop Dan Blomgren said, "I think our pitchers are throwing a lot of strikes, and letting our defense work. Our bats are alright right now but they'll get better as the season progresses."

Senior infielder and pitcher Noah Berghammer is headed to the University of Minnesota next season and he knows expectations are high for this squad entering the season. ""As you look around the field, you know the kind of talent that the guys have," said Berghammer. "You know what they bring to the table and it's exciting." 

Adding to that excitement is what the Cougars have sitting behind the plate. Senior catcher Jacob Campbell is headed to the University of Illinois in the fall, but could have a big summer ahead of him. He was the Big Eight's co-player of the year last season and has drawn interest from Major League Baseball scouts. He could get drafted in this summer's draft in one of the first ten rounds.

"I just try to focus on the now," Said Campbell. "I don't think, that being a senior I think about the future a little bit but I think that this year is our year."

A regular throwing to Campbell on the mound this season for the Cougars is junior Mitchell Woelfle. The future Air Force commit was ace of the rotation last season with a 2.32 ERA and was a first team all conference selection with a (7-1) record.

"I do feel like there is a target on this team's back. We are going to get each team's best effort every single time week to week," Woelfle said.

Janesville Craig is (2-0) on the season and is scheduled to host Madison La Follette on Tuesday, April 3 at 5 p.m. at Riverside Park in Janesville. 

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