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2024 Prep Baseball Iowa High School Preview: Pella Christian Eagles

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: Pella Christian
X: @PCEagleBaseball
Class: 2A
Conference:Little Hawkeye
Head Coach: Chris Fynaardt
Years as Head Coach at School (Overall Record): 1 (18-17)
2023 Overall Record: 18-17
2023 Post-Season Finish: State Quarterfinals

# of Returning Starters: 4
# of Pitchers With 15+ Innings Returning: 2
# of Starters Lost: 5
# of Pitchers with 15+ Innings Lost: 5


Caleb Van Arendonk, 2B/SS, 2024 (Central College commit)
Grant Kelderman, P/OF, 2025
Eliot Menninga, C, 2025
Luke Fynaardt, 1B/P, 2024
Brecken Ritzert, OF/P, 2026
Trevor Veenstra, 3B/P, 2024 (Liberty University - track commit)
Connor Van Zee, C/3B/P, 2025


Corbin Westerkamp - Cornerstone University
Lincoln VanderMolen - Dordt University


”We lost an excellent senior class of four, plus our starting RF, so we're looking for players to step up and replace them this season. We return 0 innings of outfield play from last year, so that will be a determining factor into how well we do. We have about 5 pitchers ready to step up and try to replace the 128 innings we lost with our top two seniors. It will be tough to replace the quality of those innings, but the drop-off should be manageable. Offensively, the lineup should be able to hit from top to bottom, led by 2nd team All-State returnee Caleb Van Arendonk. Much like last year, we are cautiously optimistic about the upcoming season, but depth will be an issue and any injuries will have a huge impact.” - CHRIS FYNAARDT, Head Coach