Editor’s note: Extracurricular activities, including athletics, for Jefferson County public schools have been canceled for the rest of the school year, but the Leader has presented spring sports previews to highlight the students who had worked hard in hopes of playing this season.
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It took Grandview 10 games to notch its first win last season.
From that slow start, the Eagles were pretty much a .500 ballclub as they ended with a 4-13-1 record in 2019. Their season came to an end in the first round of the Class 3 District 3 playoffs against West County.
Leading the way this year is senior Ethan Mollard, who has made the all-conference twice as an outfielder. He’s the ace of a staff that was rocked for 10 or more runs 11 times last year. Mollard crushed the ball to the tune of a .455 batting average. He took his lumps on the mound, going 0-3. His ERA of 6.28 was the best on the team.
Sophomores Chase Wilson (shortstop, pitcher, catcher), Austin Gallaway (catcher, pitcher, infield), and Clayton Riddle (second base) have the most experience along with Mollard. Wilson is the No. 2 starter and made the all-conference honorable mention team at shortstop as a freshman. Gallaway also started as in his first high school season.
“(Wilson) is a very good hitter and should bat third for us this year,” Grandview head coach Jeff Ketcherside said.
The pitching staff also includes freshmen Trenton Cookerly and Levi LaLonde, sophomore Eric O’Brien, junior Dawson Milner and senior Dylan Barker. Milner and O’Brien are left-handers. Cookerly is a hard thrower with plenty of select experience. Barker is a reliever who also plays third base.
“We don’t have much power so we like to use our team speed to make the offense go,” Ketcherside said.
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.