Varsity baseball looks to build off of last season and improve in 2022. The team’s season ended last year at Districts. Its final record was 12-18.
“We need to build off of last year’s District game and go further in the playoffs. As we continue to strengthen the culture of the program, we should focus on our individual jobs which will help the team as a whole run smoothly,” senior Joe Ruzicka said.
“My personal goals are to help the team to the best of my ability and stay healthy,” Ruzicka added.
The team’s season in the previous year ended in Districts on May 18, with a 10-0 loss to Parkway West. Parkway West baseball ended its season with a record of 23-4. The Statesmen will play Parkway West again this year on April 19, at Plymouth Field.
Varsity had its first tournament starting on March 18, at Vianney. The regular season will conclude on May 9, with a game against Rockwood Summit at Home.
The Varsity team currently has a record of 3-2, with wins over Lindbergh, Lafayette and Mehlville. So far the team has lost to Oakville and Northwest (Cedar Hill). JV follows with a current record of 1-0 with a win over Sluh. The freshman team also has a record of 1-0 with a win over John Burroughs.
“I think this team has a lot of potential to win our district and go far in the playoffs. It’s full of good guys and hard workers,” junior William Zareh said.
“My favorite part about the team are the friends you make and how fun it is to play with them. I know this team’s goal is to win districts and get as far as we can in the playoffs,” sophomore Joe Callas said.
Baseball tryouts were held Feb. 28.
“Just like last year, the weather was perfect. I am looking forward to playing and contributing to the team again,” sophomore Jackson Torbit said.
“This team is like a family. While it is competitive, the guys make it fun, and I love being around this team,” Torbit said.
This will be Calum Shank’s first year on ECHO staff, but he made several contributions while taking journalism class his freshman year.