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.
Seckman High School head baseball coach Brad Hagedorn has that nice problem of having a three-way battle to see who will be the ace of his pitching staff.
Seniors Noah Bodine and Noah Arras and junior Ayden Bahr all have “ace stuff” according to Hagedorn, who hopes to begin his ninth year at the helm.
“We’re waiting to see who wants the ball in the big games,” Hagedorn said. “We did see that trait in Ayden last year, and we hope he continues to do that.”
Bahr pitched 6 1/3 innings and struck out seven Poplar Bluff batters in the Jaguars’ Class 5 District 1 semifinal victory. For the season, he was 3-2 with a 3.59 ERA.
Hagedorn said senior Jacob Thomas was “lights out” last year coming out of the bullpen. Thomas was 2-0 with two saves and 2.90 ERA. He’ll also get a chance to start games this year.
“The rest of our pitchers will be a mix of juniors getting their first varsity experience and a group of seniors who are very capable,” Hagedorn said.
Offensively, Hagedorn said he feels the Jaguars have hitters who can hit for a high slugging percentage, but their team speed might not be what it’s been in recent years.
“But we have guys who will have extra-base hits and know how to steal bases,” he said.
Senior Anthony Mistretta returns to the outfield after being selected to the all-Suburban Conference Green pool first team. The Jaguars were unbeaten in their Suburban Conference pool with a record of 6-0. Mistretta hit .373, had an on-base percentage of .471 and 20 RBIs. Senior infielder Brennan Montgomery was another all-conference first teamer. The infielder hit .414 with 26 RBIs.
Junior Josh Herget, a second-team selection, will again serve as the backstop after hitting .352 with 12 runs driven in.
Sophomore Mathias Myers and junior Trevor Quick, a shortstop, are expected to make major contributions this spring.
The Jaguars finished 19-11 last year after losing 8-6 to Hillsboro in the Class 5 District 1 championship. Seckman last won a district title in 2013. It lost by a run in the 2014 district final to Poplar Bluff and to Lindbergh in 2015.
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.