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2024 Prep Baseball Iowa High School Preview: Des Moines Roosevelt Roughriders

Joann Martin
Prep Baseball Iowa

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As we prepare for the upcoming 2024 High School season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.


Team: Des Moines Roosevelt
Nickname: Roughriders
X: @rridersbball
Class: 4A
Conference: Iowa Alliance
Head Coach: Randy Wee
Years as Head Coach at School (Overall Record): 2 years (51-30)
2023 Overall Record: 24-17
2023 Post-Season Finish: substate 1st round

# of Returning Starters: 8
# of Pitchers With 15+ Innings Returning: 7
# of Starters Lost: 1
# of Pitchers with 15+ Innings Lost: 5


Jake Espeland, OF, 2024 (DMACC commit)
Andrew Swanda, INF, 2024
Sonny Hermann, C, 2024 (Ellsworth commit)
Bo Gostomski, MIF, 2024
Kanoa Lin, CF, 2024
Jonah Calderon, DH, 2025
Amari Harvey-Parks, UT, 2025
Miles Lorentzen, RHP, 2026
Henry Claypool, RHP, 2024
Aidan Vens, RHP, 2026


Alec Nigut - Southern Illinois
Alex Pendegrast - Dallas Baptist
Sam Nicolino - Wartburg
Will Armstrong - Wartburg
Aidan Brown - Wartburg
Jayden Singleton - Tusculom
Kieran Bailey - Nevada
Will Bormann - LSU Shreveport
Tanner Short - Ellsworth (Nevada commit)
Jaden Morris - Ellsworth
Dominic Wade - Ellsworth
Lukas Pollmann - Ellsworth


”Team has great position depth with more hitters than we have spots. We gain Andrew Swanda and Carter Cloe along with two possible freshmen arms. We have great leadership and competitiveness with baseball players all over the field. We don't have many guys that standout in a showcase but everybody is an above average runner, can put the ball in play with great knowledge of the strike zone, and can run the bases. Defensively we will be better as well on the mound as we had many first year pitchers in 2023.” - RANDY WEE, Head Coach