The summer baseball season is upon us! Live Stream STL is happy to partner with local teams to bring you a full schedule of games this season. You can help us give back to these great organizations with your subscription to stream our high-quality broadcasts. Read on for further details!
Before we dive into local American Legion, SLABA, and Babe Ruth teams, we first have to congratulate the Jefferson Blue Jays on their 3rd place finish at the Class 3 State Tournament. It is the first State appearance for a Jefferson High baseball team in school history. Several key players from the Blue Jays roster will be looking to maintain their level of success by playing Legion ball this summer for Festus Post #253. Congratulations are also in order for the Festus Tigers, Class 5 District Champions, who made it to the State Quarterfinals before falling to an excellent team from Rockwood Summit. Head coach Jeff Montgomery and his staff did a marvelous job bringing this young team along during the season. You’ll find several current and former Tigers playing summer ball for Festus, Rock Memorial, and the JC Blazers.
Let’s take a look at our Jeffco Diamondcast Summer Baseball Schedule:
The main focus of our broadcasts will feature teams from Festus Post #253, Rock Memorial Post #283, Desoto SMCI, Ste Genevieve Post #150, and the JC Blazers. We will also cover Perryville Post #133, Potosi Post #265, Bonne Terre Post #83, the Wildcats, Eagles, & Mascoutah of the SLABA League, and the Charleston Fighting Squirrels of the Babe Ruth League.
Let’s preview some of the teams that will be the main focus of our coverage this summer!
Festus Post #253 & Rock Memorial Post #283:
Festus and Rock Memorial are teams that we have partnered with to bring you a full season of their games. On days when our full broadcast team (with announcers) is on assignment elsewhere, you will still be able to stream games for these two teams. When you subscribe to Live Stream STL’s summer baseball package, you can specify which organization will receive a portion of your fee. We welcome opportunities to partner with other summer teams as well. Interested parties should contact Ray Halbrook at 314-852-4398.
Festus Post #253 features players current and former players from Festus, Jefferson, Crystal City, Hillsboro, and Herculaneum schools. Cole Myers, Colby Ott, Collin Reando, Levi Ebersoldt, and Hunter Bassin should provide plenty of pop in the Festus lineup. Daylen Whitener, Dylan Schnitzler, Hunter Bassin, and Nate Pruneau should give Zac Bone and his staff a stable rotation for #253, with Colby Ott filling the role of closer. Notably absent from this year’s roster is Jefferson College freshman standout, Jordan Duncan. Due to NJCAA/NCAA rules, his college coach (Zac Bone) cannot coach him during the summer. This will leave a big hole to fill on the mound and at the plate, but Festus should still be considered one of the District 13 favorites.
Danny Sigman and his staff have done a great job of resurrecting the Rock Memorial baseball program. Post #283 features players from Windsor, Seckman, Fox, Hillsboro, and Grandview. Rock has one of the very best defenses in the District up the middle, starting with Hunter Ward behind the plate, Trevor Quick at shortstop, Noah Estopare at 2nd, and Truman Ward patrolling center field. Eric Streicher, Ethan Carroll, Gabe King, Zach Austin, and Hunter Ward should work the lion’s share of innings on the mound. Quick and Estopore provide a serious one-two punch in the heart of rock’s lineup. Gabe King will set the table from the leadoff slot and provide plenty of RBI opportunities for Quick, Estopare, and Josh Herget. Rock Memorial dropped three straight games to start the season but got a big, come-from-behind win at Ste Genevieve Thursday night.
Sean Wiley retains a major portion of his roster that tied for a conference championship this year in high school baseball. Ten of the fourteen players on his roster are from Desoto, with the others being home-schooled or from Hillsboro. SMCI has started the season at 3 and 2. With a small sample size of at-bats, it is apparent that Grant Kite, Levi Fischer, Nick Krodinger, Brycen Kingsland, and Caleb Coleman have kickstarted an offense that is averaging 8.6 runs per game. Pitchers Eli Epley and Caleb Coleman have been workhorses, accounting for the vast amount of innings logged. Desoto SMCI has used a total of nine different pitchers thus far in the season. If they can find the right combination of pitching depth, they can make some noise in the standings this summer.
The Blazers of the SLABA League are once again calling Arnold, Missouri home after Covid restrictions forced them to play most of their games in Imperial last year. Head coach Aaron Kutelek always has his schedule filled with plenty of games and this should be a well-seasoned group of players. The Blazers draw on athletes from a wide variety of school districts including Hillsboro, Fox, Herculaneum, Festus, Oakville, Windsor, Seckman, Northwest, Lindbergh, and Mehlville. As of Friday evening, they’ve played 5 games and are 3 and 2 on the season. So far, the hottest hitters have been Ty Kitchen, John Daffron, and Cole Ruble. Pitchers Jaden Jones, Kieran Feagin, and Chase Goins have handled the most innings. Goins has 2 wins to his credit and sports a team-leading 1.24 ERA. The Blazers find themselves in the SLABA South Division, with the always tough team from Mascoutah, the Wildcats, and the Easton Tigers. There is plenty of parity in that group and it may come down to whichever team is the hottest at the end of the schedule to claim first place.
Ste Genevieve Post #150:
After an entire year of Covid shutdowns, Junie Basler and his staff have been chomping at the bit to get back on the field. Basler always assembles a strong team comprised of athletes from Valle Catholic and Ste Genevieve high schools, and this year is no exception. After several rainouts, Post #150 has played just one a game, a 4-3 loss to Rock Memorial. The Basler squad could be called, “The Killer Bees”, as no less than 6 starters have last names that begin with the letter B. Joining a good hitting lineup of Zach Boyer, Josh Bieser, Keaton Boyer, and Austin Burnett will be one of the area’s most dynamic hitters, Jayden Gegg. Gegg, a Jefferson College commit slashed .391/.566/.815 with 4 home runs and 36 RBI for a Warriors team that went 28-5 in the high school season. Zach Boyer, Austin Burnett, Drew Bauman, and Gegg represent a formidable group of pitchers that coach Basler can toss out on the mound at any time and be assured of a quality performance. As we say in Legion baseball in this area, the path to the Championship always goes through Ste Genevieve. This is partly because they usually host the Region 13 Tournament, and partly because you have to beat an always great Post #150 team.
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