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 myleaderpaper.com.
TOMORROW: De Soto
When Jordan Duncan pitches this spring, the Blackcats have a chance to not only win each time, but to shut out their opponent.
The three-time all-conference player, a finalist for the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame’s Rising Star Award and JCAA small-schools division boys basketball Player of the Year, can accomplish some great things if play is allowed to start this spring.
Duncan is the kind of talent that brings people to watch who don’t necessarily have any connection with the school.
Last year, he struck out 86 batters in 56 1/3 innings, had a record of 6-4 and earned-run average of 1.37. But that’s just one side of his baseball talent. At the plate, Duncan hit .429, scored 27 runs and had eight doubles, three home runs and 13 stolen bases. He can do it all.
The Blackcats’ other top returning players are senior Greg Rose (pitcher, infield) and juniors Bryce Hall (pitcher, outfielder) and catcher Cole Myers. Rose knocked in 19 runs and scored 14, Hall had six doubles, 19 RBIs and scored 15 runs and Myers hit .424 with eight doubles and 20 RBIs. Myers and Hall made the small-schools conference squad.
West County blew out the Blackcats 11-1 in the first week of 2019 and then shut them out 13-0 in the Class 3 District 3 championship game and Herky finished 12-10-1.
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.