In his first season as head coach of St. Louis Community College’s baseball team, Scott Goodrich has plenty of reason to be pleased. Goodrich, who guided the Archers to a 30-20 record last spring after taking over from longtime coach Tony Dattoli, was named the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
The Archers also had three players named to the All-Conference team – freshman outfielder Brandon Gutzler, freshman infielder Jacob Walters and sophomore pitcher Matthew Hassenbeck.
In his second year at STLCC, Hassenbeck was the anchor of the Archers’ staff, finishing the year with a record of 6-2 and an ERA of 4.62 in a team-high 60 1/3 innings of work. He appeared in 11 games, including three complete games.
Gutzler and Walters were the primary impact bats on a team that finished the season batting .302.
Walters batted .299 with a .428 on-base percentage, and led the Archers with eight home runs in 157 at-bats. Gutzler batted a team-high .382 with five home runs and a team-best 47 RBI. Twenty-two of his 68 hits went for extra bases.
“We needed guys to lead on this team, and these three guys did that for us this year,” Goodrich said. “Hassenbeck was a leader for us on the mound, and Walters and Gutzler batted third and fourth for us all year.”
Goodrich, a long-time assistant under Dattoli before being elevated to head coach, had an immediate impact with his Archers team, as STLCC opened the 2014 season with 11 wins in the team’s first 12 games. Even in their losses, the Archers remained competitive. Of their 20 losses, 13 came with a deficit of two or fewer runs. The team’s 30 wins matched their total from the 2013 season, in five fewer games.
Reidt Off to Fast Start for GCL Cardinals
In addition to celebrating the performance of his team this past spring, Goodrich has also enjoyed the progress of former Archers pitcher Andrew Reidt, who has performed well since signing with the St. Louis Cardinals and being assigned to the Gulf Coast League.
A starter during his time at STLCC, Reidt, 22, has been used almost exclusively out of the bullpen in the GCL, though he has worked multiple innings in each of his last six outings. In 13 appearances, including one start, Reidt is 2-0 with a 2.91 ERA, covering 21 2/3 innings. He has struck out 17 and walked just three, while holding opposing hitters to a .230 average.
“I’m happy they took a chance on Andrew, and when you look at him, he’s pretty prototypical,” Goodrich said. “He has the size you want, he throws a lot of strikes, induces a lot of ground balls, and it looks like that’s what he’s doing for them now. Hopefully he can continue and be promoted soon.”