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June 30, 2010 | 08:25 AM
Genoa City — Curt Andresen has never seen it quite like this.

The Geneva/Genoa 19U coach has experienced more lineup shuffling than usual with this year's squad.

But through it all, the team is 8-4 and sitting in third place behind Burlington and Kenosha in the Region 7 National League. Regardless of early success, Andresen said it's been a struggle.

"I can't get a handle of who's on the team," he said. "It has been worse than previous years. The kids have so much else going on."

Last season, the Red Legs made it to the regional semifinals before falling to Beloit and finished with a 16-13 mark overall.

But this year, the team shows great potential with four all-Southern Lakes Conference performers including first-teamers Johnny Wilson of Westosha Central and Ty Singleton of Wilmot. Add Clint Andresen and Jake Hodgeman of Badger, and Geneva/Genoa is as talented as any team around.

However, with other summer commitments such as football, basketball and work, not everyone is around for every game. Andresen hopes to have a full arsenal in place this weekend for the annual Boom Boom Classic in Burlington at Beaumont Field.

The competition should be fierce, as it was last weekend at the Kenosha Wooden Bat Tournament. The Red Legs compiled a 2-2 record with wins over Pekin, Ill., 7-5 and Mt. Prospect, Ill., 3-1. But fellow Wisconsin teams handled the local boys. Janesville beat up Geneva in a slug fest, 13-9, Saturday, and the first-place Kenosha Merchants upended the locals 3-1 June 24.

In the Mt. Prospect win, Wilson threw a complete game one-hitter. And in Sunday's win, the boys scored seven runs in the first inning, thanks in part to a two-run single from Lake Geneva's Alec Storms.

Westosha Central's Brett Marth collected three hits against Kenosha and earned a save against Pekin.

The Boom Boom Classic will kick off with a 6:30 p.m. contest against Waterford Thursday. On Friday, the 19U squad will face its younger counterpart, the Geneva/Genoa 17U team.

The Red Legs will face Virocqua and Burlington Saturday, then they will wrap up action Sunday against Waterford.

Andresen is confident his team has what it takes to make a deep playoff run.

"With all of our guys available, we can beat anybody," he said. "It's important to have all of our pitchers. I'm hoping to have everyone this weekend. If not, I have a couple younger guys ready to step in."

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