STM baseball banking on strong pitching staff
RAPID CITY, S.D. — After ending last year with a record of 11-7 and failing to qualify for the state tournament for the second year in a row, the St. Thomas More Cavaliers baseball team is optimistic that they can break that streak this season.
St. Thomas More won five Class ‘B’ state titles from 2009 to 2015. But over the last two years, the Cavaliers haven’t made it out of the region tournament.
This year, St. Thomas More is off to a 2-2 start.
The Cavaliers defeated Hot Springs and Lead-Deadwood before falling to Huron and Rapid City Central.
Overall, head coach Jeff Pekny is pleased with the way his team is playing.
“We always talk about hitting the ball hard,” STM baseball coach Jeff Pekny said. “Putting the pressure on the defense. As far as the defense and pitching, we’ve been very pleased with what we’ve done so far. We have a few things to work on there. But as far as the offense, up and down we just have to put better contact on the ball and make the defense work.”
St. Thomas More still has several tough games coming up against region opponents including Platte, Winner and Gregory.
But with 12 upperclassmen on this year’s squad and a strong pitching staff, Coach Pekny feels his team can make a deep run in the postseason.
“Last year we were pretty young,” Jeff Pekny said. “So yeah that’s our goal this year to make it to the state tournament and win a state title. We feel comfortable where we’re at. If we put it all together, we should be there in Sioux Falls.
The Cavaliers return to action on Monday, April 22 in Chamberlain.
High School Baseball Scores
Tuesday, April 16
* St. Thomas More 0, RC Stevens 0
* called in the 3rd inning due to rain
RC Central 11, Douglas 1
Gillette 5, Sturgis 1
Gillette 5, Sturgis 0