Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tankersley Picks Up from '96 as Pirates Open with No-Hitter

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tankersley Picks Up from '96 as Pirates Open with No-Hitter

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The Aquinas-Mercy High Falcons have seen all they want to see of St. Charles High ace pitcher Dennis Tankersley.

Tankersley, a senior righthander, kicked off the 1997 baseball season the same way he did the 1996 campaign - with a no-hitter against the Falcons. He won 5-0 with 10 strikeouts last year and 7-0 with 14 strikeouts last week.

Tankersley, who's also one of the area's top football and basketball players, is one of several reasons the Pirates are looking forward to the 1997 season. St. Charles tied for third in Class 3A a year ago, finishing 13-11 overall and 3-5 in the Gateway Athletic Conference. "We have pretty much the same team back and we're looking forward to a good season," St. Charles coach Charlie Meeker said. "We lost Barry Urech and Eric Rogers to graduation and DeJuan Lambert transferred. But the rest of the team is back. Hopefully that experience will help us this season. But there are no guarantees, especially when you're talking about GAC baseball. The baseball played in this area is so competitive, just because we have some returning players doesn't mean we're going to do well. "At this point, our goal is to try to be as competitive as possible and to try to get ourselves prepared for the end of the year." Meeker continued: "Last year, when we got into the state sectionals, quarterfinals and semifinals, people saw our record and figured that we weren't much of a ballclub. But the reason we had the so-so record was because we play in the GAC, against top teams like Francis Howell, Francis Howell North and Fort Zumwalt South." Tankersley, a second-team All-GAC outfielder last year, will play center field when he's not pitching. Jeremy Davis, another senior, is the squad's other top pitcher. Juniors Chris Williams and Eric Wamsganz and senior Nick Melton should also see some mound duty. "Jeremy's arm is sound again and we're looking for him and Chris Williams to step up and contribute as our second and third pitchers," Meeker said. "Eric and Nick have some ability, too, but they're not nearly as experienced. We're probably not as deep as we'd like to be on the mound, but I think we'll do all right. …

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