2020 at a Glance
- Roster Size: 34
- Returners: 24
- Captains: Junior Evan Maday, senior Mason Opple, senior CJ Otteman, senior Trace Slancik
- MIAA Preseason Poll: Second
Regular season: The Flying Dutchmen finished with a 31-11 overall record, reaching the 30-win mark for the first time in team history. Highlights included two no-hitters thrown during the annual spring break trip to Florida — a first in team history. Off the field, the Flying Dutchmen earned the American Baseball Coaches Association Team Academic Excellence Award for the 2018-19 season.
MIAA Play: The Flying Dutchmen posted a 19-9 league record that was good for second place. Hope finished runner-up in the MIAA Tournament, losing to regular-season champion Adrian College in the championship game.
Photo Left; Mason Opple in right field
Senior catcher Trace Slancik registered career-highs with a .371 batting average and 42 runs batted in last season while playing 40 of 42 games behind the plate. He claimed All-MIAA First Team honors. Slancik hit .377 with 28 runs scored during MIAA play while starting all 28 MIAA games.
Senior right fielder Mason Opple received All-Region and All-MIAA honors in 2019. He was chosen a third-team outfielder in the Mideast Region by d3baseball.com and a first-team outfielder by MIAA coaches. Opple batted .369 last season with a career-high 48 runs batted in. He has 119 career runs batted in, which is currently tied for the most in team history.
Junior center fielder Evan Maday led the MIAA with 19 stolen bases in league play during the 2019 season and earned All-MIAA First Team honors. Overall, he batted .351 with 41 runs scored. Maday moves back to the leadoff position after batting third in the lineup last season.
Other Hope Players to Watch
Head Coach Stu Fritz
Stu Fritz is in his 27th season leading the Flying Dutchmen. He has a career record of 578-435-2, including a 411-225 MIAA record for a .646 win percentage. In 2020, Fritz is the president for the American Baseball Coaches Association after serving the organization as a Vice President. He also previously chaired the NCAA Division III Baseball Championships committee. In January, Fritz was an instructor at an International Sports Group baseball clinic in Switzerland for the second time in four years. He is an assistant professor of kinesiology at Hope.