Smithville baseball coach content with season

Jarin Nitsche stretches for a play at first earlier this spring.

Smithville baseball head coach Josh Speer said he was pleased with the 16 games the team won.

“It’s funny because people didn’t give us much of a chance to win that many,” he said. “We had four senior team leaders, but the rest were young guys.”

The seniors were Easton Meister, Brady Walker, Jarin Nitsche and Andrew Ridout.

“I was fortunate to have Brady and Jarin as three-year starters,” he said. “Andrew then came on as a senior and did great. I’m excited to see the 14 juniors take that step up. That will be a big senior class next year.”

Walker said this season was the most fun he’d experienced playing baseball.

“We only had four seniors this year, but we made the most of it,” he said. “None of us really cared about the stats this year, we just went out there and had fun. That’s what made our season so special.”

None of the seniors were pitchers so Speer keeps the pitching staff for next year.

“They are ready to step up,” he said.

Speer, who works in physical education at the high school, said he gets every single baseball player in weight class. They also plan to work out three days a week this summer.

“Plus all the guys play in the summer,” he said. “Our athletes are multi-sport players so they know how to play as a team, plus the coaching staff sees them in several settings.”

In mid-May, the Warriors baseball team dispatched the Northeast Vikings 20-0 and advanced into the class 4 district 15 semifinal game.

Smithville made it to the semifinal matchup with Excelsior Springs for a chance to advance to the district title game. Unfortunately, they lost 6 to 4.

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6630.

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