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Archers Fall to Jefferson College; Still Reach 30-Win Mark

Drew Kitson collected 13 extra base hits for the Archers and batted .311.

Drew Kitson collected 13 extra base hits for the Archers and batted .311.

The St. Louis Community College baseball team’s season came to an end with a 7-5 loss to Jefferson College in the consolation round of the Region XVI Division I Tournament May 9 in Joplin, Mo. 

The Archers won one of their three games in the tournament to finish the season with a 30-20 mark in coach Scott Goodrich’s first season at the helm. They lost their tourney opener to Mineral Area College by a 6-4 count on May 7, then came back to stay alive in the consolation bracket with a 7-3 win over North Central Missouri College. 

Against Mineral Area, the Archers fell behind 5-0 in the early going, and then chipped away at MAC’s lead before being shut out over the final five innings. Adams Ricks was 3-for-4 at the plate with one run batted in. Adam Springmeyer and Thomas Espatore each drove in a run. Matt Hassenbeck took the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits. He also walked five batters. 

The Archers staved off elimination in their 7-3 win over North Central on May 8. The Archers banged out 12 hits, and six different players collected at least one RBI. Springmeyer, Jacob Walters, Devan O’Bryan and Drew Kitson each had two hits. Kurt McGuire hurled a complete game, scattering seven hits over nine innings. He struck out six. 

The Archers again fell behind early to Jefferson College, as Austin Simokaitis gave up nine hits and five runs in 2.1 innings pitched. Burke Echelmeier came on in relief, but was touched for two runs and five hits in his 3.2 inning-stint. The Archers staged a brief rally in the middle innings, scoring two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings. Colin Zurweller collected three hits, while Ricks and O’Bryan each had a pair of hits. Brandon Gutzler drove in two of the Archers’ five runs. 

For the season, Gutzler topped the squad with a .382 average, 17 doubles and 47 RBI. Zurweller batted .346 and led the Archers with 10 doubles. Walters was the Archers’ top deep threat, smacking eight home runs. Kitson hit .311 with seven doubles and four triples. 

On the mound, Hassenbeck finished with a 6-2 record and a 4.62 earned run average. He struck out 50 hitters in 60.1 innings. Echelmeier and Cody Starr each saved two games.