Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Young Team - Slow Start

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Young Team - Slow Start

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The St. Charles High baseball team is off to a 1-3 start. But that doesn't surprise or upset coach Charles Meeker.

"This is a young team, so I kind of anticipated a slow start," Meeker said. "We beat Aquinas-Mercy and lost to three pretty decent teams - Fort Zumwalt South, St. Dominic and McCluer. Early in the season, you don't want to put too much emphasis on winning and losing, especially with such a young team.

"We have some good ballplayers, but it's going to take them some time to adjust to varsity-level baseball."

The Pirates, who finished 13-8 a year ago, graduated eight starters from that ballclub. Included in the mix of newcomers this year are four starting sophomores.

"With the exception of Jamie Williams, none of our players have much varsity experience," the coach said. "We saw some potential in the younger players and felt it was important to give them a shot. At this point, they seem to be a little nervous, but once they settle down I think they're going to be good ballplayers."

Williams, a pitcher/outfielder, was the All-GAC designated hitter a year ago; he batted .443 with two homers, 16 RBIs and five steals. On the mound, he was 3-2 with a save and a 3.77 earned-run average.

"Jamie loves to play the game," Meeker said. "He had a great year for us last year and we're expecting more of the same this season."

Seniors Eric Siboda (2-1, 3.67 ERA) and Randy Horst will join juniors Barry Urech and Eric Rogers as the team's other top pitchers. Sophomores Dennis Tankersly, Ryan Oetting and Jeremy Davis also could see some mound duty.

"We have three solid senior pitchers," Meeker said. "And the other guys all seem to have some potential."

Oetting, the younger brother of former St. Charles High stars Jerry and Terry Oetting, starts at catcher while Tankersly and Davis have started in center field and third base, respectively.

Another sophomore, Duke McLarty, starts at shortstop.

"It may take some time, but these guys are good, young ballplayers," Meeker said. …

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