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Junior Nick Krodinger, right, is one of the players expected to form the nucleus of De Soto's baseball team this spring.

Editor’s note: Extracurricular activities, including athletics, for Jefferson County public schools have been postponed until at least April 23. The Leader will present spring sports previews on the presumption that the seasons will be held this spring, with a different team in the county featured at 2 p.m. each day. For updated information, continue to check

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Through its first eight games of last season, De Soto’s baseball team played in five close games – where the margin of victory was three runs or less – and won them all.

The magic disappeared, however, and the Dragons then dropped eight of their next 10 games and finished the season with a record of 11-10.

De Soto was 1-3 in league play and was middle of the road when it came to runs scored and runs allowed.

In last year’s Class 4 District 2 tournament, the Dragons beat Fredericktown in the first round before falling to North County 4-3 in the semifinals. De Soto beat the Raiders 5-4 a month earlier.

“We should be balanced throughout the lineup with good speed at the top and the ability to drive in runs in the middle to the lower part of the lineup,” De Soto head coach Matt Buechting said.

Seniors Briar Fischer (pitcher, first base) and Kameren Brooks (outfield, pitcher) and juniors Hunter Dill (infield, pitcher), Nick Krodinger (infield) and Levi Fischer (outfield, pitcher) form the nucleus of the Dragons.

Brooks had a superb 2019 when he led the team in batting average (.475) and RBIs (16). He was 2-1 on the hill. Briar Fischer led the Dragons with 40 1/3 innings of work and he had seven doubles and a triple last year. Krodinger batted .296 and drove in 14 runs.

Buechting said he is searching for leadership on his pitching staff.

“We are going to have a lot of guys get the opportunity to pitch early in the season to see if one or two can take command of the pitching staff,” he said. “We feel confident in a lot of our arms to give us quality innings.”

The Missouri State High School Activities Association has said it will work with local school districts and county health authorities to determine whether the season will start, and when.