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Archers Build Momentum Entering Region XVI Tourney

Jacob Walters has come back from a rib cage injury to lead the Archers in hitting with a .462 average.

Jacob Walters has come back from a rib cage injury to lead the Archers in hitting with a .462 average.

For the second consecutive year, the St. Louis Community College baseball team is concluding the regular season on a positive note.

Second-year head coach Scott Goodrich watched his team put on one of its strongest two-day performances of the year just before the team begins postseason play. The Archers won three of four games from Crowder Community College, outscoring their opponents 21-12 in the process.

The Archers started the series with a 5-3 win Sunday, fueled by a go-ahead grand slam from sophomore Jacob Walters. Walters, who missed much of the first half of the season with an injury to his rib cage, has been the team’s most prolific offensive force since his return.

For the year, Walters is batting a team-best .462, with 15 doubles and four home runs among his 36 hits.

“He’s a guy who, when he came back from his injury, really wasn’t able to hit for a lot of power due to the nature of what it was,” Goodrich said. “But over the past couple of weeks, we’ve started to see it again.”

Walters has taken the mantle of cleanup hitter for the Archers since his return, and has lengthened a lineup for a team that enters this week batting .324 collectively.

However, offense wasn’t the only aspect of the Archers’ roster performing well. Right-handers Seth Mesey and Colby Holloway each turned in stellar starts to grab a doubleheader sweep over Crowder on Sunday.

After dropping the opener on Monday 6-1, the Archers responded with a shutout in the nightcap to secure the series win. Closer Donald Lovelady finished off the series opener for his seventh save of the season.

Goodrich opined that Mesey’s six-inning, three-run outing was likely his best start of the season. The right-hander is 3-4 with a 5.93 ERA over eight starts this spring, but his improved performance of late adds considerable depth to the Archers’ rotation.

STLCC (25-19) has won six of its past eight games, and will look to continue its recent momentum in the final week of the schedule. The Archers will conclude the regular season this week against Maple Woods Community College Thursday (April 30) and a doubleheader against Lewis and Clark Friday (May 1).