The St. Louis Community College baseball team has earned the third seed in the Region XVI Tournament which opens May 7 in Joplin, Mo.
First-year head coach Scott Goodrich’s Archers (29-18 overall, 9-11 conference) take on sixth-seeded Mineral Area College at 1 p.m.
The Archer concluded the regular season with a 17-7 win over the Fontbonne University junior varsity on May 2. Freshman outfielder Drew Kitson was 3-for-4 at the plate, including a home run and three runs batted in. Freshman outfielder Brandon Gutzler also went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Freshman Adam Bieber was the winning pitcher, allowing only one hit over three innings.
Heading into the regional tournament, Gutzler has been the major supplier of offensive production. He heads the team with a .399 average, 44 runs batted in and is second in home runs with five. The Archers are hitting .302 as a team.
Freshman infielder Jacob Walters tops the club with eight home runs, is tied for second in RBI with 30 and is hitting .303. Sophmore first baseman Colin Zurweller is second in hitting with a .343 average, is tied for second in RBI with 30 and has hit three home runs. Sophomore infielder Adam Springmeyer is second in RBI with 35, and has hit three home runs while batting.280.
On the mound, sophomore Matthew Hassenbeck leads the way with a 6-1 record, including 47 strikeouts in 55.1 innings pitched. His earned-run average is 4.23. Sophomore Austin Simokaitis is 4-2 with a 4.28 ERA in 54.2 innings pitched. Freshman Jacob Koelling has a 3-1 mark with one save and a 1.69 ERA.
Should the Archers win their opener, they would face either No. 2 seed Crowder College or No. 7 North Central at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8. An opening loss would send the Archers to a 10 a.m. game against either top-seeded Jefferson College or No. 8 seed St. Charles Community College.
The tournament is double elimination. The title game is slated for 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10; however, if it is the first loss for either squad, a deciding game will be played at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 11.