Tori Foster, Staff Writer
As the University of Missouri–St. Louis baseball team gears up for a new season in the upcoming weeks, let’s recap the past season. Last year the baseball team was 21-29, GLVC 12-16.
When speaking about goals for the upcoming season, head baseball coach Cory Wahl stated, “Our season goal never changes. We do a lot of work on goal setting, but the end goal is always a World Series. We are on the right track but first have to reach our goals of reaching our conference tournament and regional tournament.”
He explains that while they are gearing up for the season, their “…practices are as fast-paced as possible. When we are outside, we start with defense and end with offense. If we are not doing a team drill, we have small groups and keep them rotating trying not to give them too much downtime.”
Wahl admitted they do have new players and talent that got added to the team this season. He believes the new players this season will make an impact. The position players they have this season are #23 Koltyn Schilly, redshirt junior, business; #11 Jackson Dvorak, junior, business administration; and #22 Andrew Hayden, junior, elementary education. On the mound they have a lot of new guys that will see innings. He expects a lot from #17 Ryan Siverly, redshirt sophomore, computer science; #26 Justin Evers, redshirt sophomore, undecided; and #45 Jon-Anthony Caban, junior, business finance. He did not list any of the freshman, but he believes that they will have a handful of them come into their own by the time the team begins conference play.
This is Wahl’s second season as the head coach here at UMSL and he expressed the biggest achievement since he been coaching. He said, “Last year I could not have been prouder of the players for pushing through a hard season physically and mentally.”
Overall, Wahl defines a winning season by saying, “I would not be thrilled if we are not competing in our conference tournament this year. Saying that, I believe if we can show upevery day with a great attitude and great effort I will be pleased. If we do this though we will be competing in our conference tournament.”
The baseball season starts the weekend of Friday, Feb.15 at 4 p.m. in Joplin, Missouri where the baseball team will play in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association/ Great Valley Lakes Conference.