By Roderick Wilbon, Sports Editor
It may not feel like spring outside, but the season is upon us. Some sports are ending and others are getting started. At the University of Missouri-St. Louis those sports starting are baseball, softball, and the continuation of tennis and golf. The unfortunate early passing of Baseball Head Coach Jim Brady left many with questions about the team and next in line for Head Coach.
Cory Wahl at the time was the Assistant Coach and is now the Interim Head Coach. Wahl is not worried about the pressures that can come with an interim position. In the sports realm this means he has one season to prove his skill to keep the job and then interview against offseason candidates.
“I just have to make sure these young men are the right guys off the field first,” said Wahl. “If I do that then on the field we will be successful.”
Coach Brady had enough time that he ingrained baseball into the team. So, the team is fully prepared to compete. Wahl must keep that brand of baseball going and continue to coach up his players. Brady was more of a loud vocal coach that wanted to see in his players what he saw and see them play his way. Wahl is slightly different in that regard. “I’m a little more laid back, and I want to let the guys have a voice too,” said Wahl.
This team is looking to be fast playing small ball and streaking runs together. They are looking to steal bases to keep the pressure on opposing teams and pitchers. “One of our goals is to lead the country in doubles and stolen bases,” said Wahl. “If we do that then we’re always in scoring position to win games.”
The team is looking forward to students and staff enjoying home games on south campus. They want to put on a good showing every home game for everyone.
Seems like Wahl is on the right track as the Tritons took on Harris Stowe February 17 at Carshield Field. The Tritons would go on to win their season opener 10-8 against the Hornets. Derrick Freeman, sophomore, supply chain management, was a big part of the win. Freeman’s three run scoring triple was big time for the team. Then Freeman scoring himself on a wild thrown pitch by the Hornets, almost sealed the game in the sixth inning. The Hornets would fight back though and it would take Tom DeCero, junior, criminology, to put them away. His two hits, two RBIs, good base running, and pressure on the bases to steal would seal the deal in the ninth inning. Ben Leuthauser earned the win in relief, while Matt Graser, junior, business administration, picked up the save.
The team has a Florida Spring Trip coming up facing many teams from the conference and some not. Their first home doubleheader game will be March 15 from noon and 3 p.m. against Bemidji State.