Charlie Dubonoski was named the Sioux Falls West legion baseball coach last fall after long time skipper Joel Sage stepped down.
Charlie Dubanoski is the new Post 15 West head coach, but he’s very familiar with the program, as he was the Associate Director of Baseball Development for the Sioux Empire Baseball Association from 2014-2016.
“Knew that the expectations were high and these boys expected to win. So, it was nice having those two years and kind of being able to work with a lot of the boys in my time with SEBA,” West Head Coach Charlie Dubanoski.
As with any coaching change, there’s an adjustment period for both players and coach, but it didn’t take long for the team to buy into what Dubanoski was preaching.
“I’m not going to lie I was a little nervous because I’ve had Sage as my coach since I was a freshman for Roosevelt ball, and then now switching over it was a little different,” Catcher Carter Ades said.
“I think he’s really helped corral the O’Gorman and Roosevelt players well. You know we have a hard fought high school season rivalry and everything, but he’s really rallied us together,” Pitcher Matt Fiegen said.
As their first season under their new coach winds down, West is playing its best baseball of the season, going 7-3 over its last 10 games.
“That was kind of the talk here after our 4th of July break that boys it’s time to start cranking it up and playing the way we know we’re capable of playing,” Dubanoski said.
Four of those 10 wins came at the prestigious Gopher Classic, where the team played with energy and purpose.
“We were all into those game, doesn’t matter if you were playing or you were on the bench. I can’t really explain it. We were all just having a lot of fun. It was really fun to witness and be a part of it,” Infielder John Rogers said.
With the playoffs nearing, Dubanoski wants his guys to bring that energy from here on out.
“You can’t necessarily control if you’re going to hit the ball on a line right a guy or if you’re going to necessarily make every play. We’re all human, but you can control all those things, your attitude, energy, and effort. We’ve been talking about that all year and I think we’re really starting to buy in,” Dubanoski said.