Pitching and defense paves the way


Sarah Booth

Junior right-handed pitcher Matt Perego has five wins on the season, beating teams such as Affton and Clayton.

Varsity baseball is on a four game win streak with victories over Vianney, Westminster, Parkway Central and Francis Howell Central. The team is now 9-15 with districts beginning in two weeks.

“These last four games have been really enjoyable. We are starting to play really solid baseball at the right time of the year. The caliber of teams we have beaten is something we knew we could do all year,” senior Evan Shukers said.

The Horns have led up no more than four runs in each of the games.

“I would say our pitching and defense has been the key to our success. We have had three quality starts from Matt Blake, Matt Perego and Andrew Schmidtt. These three guys have really stepped up down the stretch,” senior Daniel Bickert said.

Junior Jack Swiney has hit two homeruns over the stretch. Both home runs came in crucial moments against Vianney and Parkway Central.

“I was able some good swings on pitches during this win streak. Everyone is hitting though at the right time. A lot of different players have been stepping up in big ways,” junior Jack Swiney said.

The Longhorns offense has been averaging six runs per game over the streak.

“Our offense has been continuing to improve all year. We have faced some quality pitchers recently and we have been able to adjust to score runs in a variety of ways. Bunting to move runners into scoring position has been key,” junior Caleb Carswell said.

After starting off the year 0-6, the team has turned it around winning six of their last nine games in total.

“We have some important games coming up against U-City, Summit and Lafayette. It is important we keep on playing the way we are capable of,” sophomore Junior Lopez said.

Chaminade, CBC, Parkway Central, Parkway North and DeSmet are teams that are in this year’s district.

“I think we can really make a surge towards the end of the year and into districts. Everyday we remember our crushing loss in the second round last year to DeSmet, so I think that has served as motivation down the stretch. Our goal is to win districts this time around,” junior Jacob  Poscover said.