Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pioneers' Hopes for Season Will Depend on Pitching

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pioneers' Hopes for Season Will Depend on Pitching

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Duchesne High baseball coach Ted Yeater has a pretty good idea about what it'll take to have a successful season.

"Like most teams, it comes down to pitching," said Yeater, whose team finished 9-9 a year ago. "We have some returning seniors who can hit and I'm confident the new guys can hit, too. But to be competitive, you have to have the pitching."

The Pioneers' mound hopes are pinned to returning seniors Steve Haunschild and Tom Collett, who was 2-2 a year ago. Juniors Jason Draut, Eric Burle, David Echelmeyer and Mike Kleffner also will be looked to. Draut is the staff's lone lefthander.

Senior Geoff Michael also could pitch, but he's the team's starting shortstop.

"We need Geoff on the infield, so I'm hoping the other guys can handle the pitching," Yeater said. "But if we need someone else to throw, Geoff will be available."

Michael, an honorable mention All-GAC selection last year, will team with fellow seniors Brett Bredensteiner and Aaron Wilson as Duchesne's leaders this season.

Bredensteiner, a center fielder, was an All-GAC selection last year after hitting .375 with two homers and 13 RBIs. Wilson, an honorable mention selection, returns at third base. Bredensteiner and Wilson also had big years with the St. Charles American Legion team last summer.

"Brett and Aaron are two of the better players in the area. And Geoff's very good, too," Yeater said. "These are top players who'll have a chance to play at the next level and maybe even beyond that. They definitely give us something to build around."

Other likely starters for Duchesne include seniors Tom Geringer and Matt Meier at catcher and first base, respectively. Versatile junior Bobby Jones will get the nod at second base while juniors Mark Smith and Kenny Rehm figure to flank Bredensteiner in the outfield.

The team's reserves include seniors Josh Goellner (OF), Steve Wilson (INF) and Mike Sonderegger (OF) and junior Jason Boschert (INF). …

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