O’Fallon Panther Baseball is off to a good start to their season. With the amazing senior leadership on the field, these boys have learned to play off of each other and use each other’s support to help them come into this year swinging! Both coaches and students alike speak very highly of all their players, and true to Panthers form they plan on a strong finish to the season.
The starting line up consists of Brenndon Tindall, Jake Jarvis, Camden Bauer, Isaiah Sarpy. Tanner Hudson, Collin Holton, Jake Warren, Jeff Hahs, Blake Daetherage, Tyler Herbert, and Ethan Wild.
Senior, Brenndon Tindall, is O’Fallon’s catcher and has been one of the best offensive players this year. He has been a great asset to the team with his spectacular catching ability. Tindall is a big part of the success of the baseball team.
Senior, Jake Jarvis, plays first base and leads the team in RBIS(runs batted in) and is the vocal leader on the field. He is a key leader on the team and someone to look up to. The younger players can look to him for help and he is great at helping out.
Freshman Camden Bauer and Senior Isaiah Sarpy share the position of second base and Coach Portz said,” Bauer is the first starting freshman I have had in my career.” They have great competition and switch playing second base game by game.
Third base is played by senior, Tanner Hudson. Tanner is known for his will to improve and earn everyday. He shows up to the field ready to play and practice and get better. Portz said,” Tanner is as high character and class of a player that I have ever had in a program.”
Shortstop is Junior, Collin Holton. Collin is the defensive leader and is willing to do anything for the success of the team. Collin has played on varsity before and he has shown great improvement over time.
Senior, Jacob Warren, holds the position of left field. Coach Portz said, ” Jake is a player who is always in the right spot at the right time. When he is supposed to hit a relay may or get a bunt down he executes his job. He is the epitome of a team player!”
Junior, Jeff Hahs, plays the position of Centerfield. Coach Portz said,”Jeff takes the field everyday with the ability of a champion and every team on the conference focuses on how they can stop Jeff Hahs. Jeff hits in the 3 hole for us and leads our team in hits and home runs and overall offensive production. Jeff is a legitimate division one and professional prospect..
Junior, Blake Deatherage, takes the position as right field. Portz said,”Blake is the most improved player on our team from day one, by the end of the year I would expect Blake to be a major contributor on the mound as one of our top 2 pitcher and one of our top 3-4 hitters in our lineup.”
Junior, Tyler Herbert, and Senior, Ethan WIld, are designated hitters and they pitch as well. Coach Portz said,” Tyler and Ethan have been doing great at practice and due to that they will both be splitting time hitting and pitching in our lineup. Both have had a good start to the season and look to improve.”
The O’Fallon Baseball team has a great season ahead of them. With the amazing coaching staff and the outstanding talent on the team, they have every reason to be successful this season. The boys have become a family and always back one another up on the field and in the classroom — something successful teams do naturally.