Seven seniors graduate from this 2022, 17-17-1 Team, But The Cupboard is Far From Bare
These seven seniors accounted for 92 of our 215 total run production in 2022. Knocked Home 80 of our 192 Earned Runs. Collected 24 of our 52 Doubles, and 5 of our 20 Home Runs. As a group they went 113 for 397 for a creditable .285 batting average. Doing some quick math, our returners in 2023 were responsible for 112 RBIs, 123 Runs Scored, 28 Doubles, 2 Triples and 15 Home Runs. Collectively the underclassmen were 135 for 489 at .276.
On the mound Seniors started 20 games, while hurling a total of 99 1/3rds innings, They allowed 68 earned runs, gave up 124 hits, walked 55, and struck out 76 while earning a Win-Loss Record of 11-7, Their combined ERA was 4.79. The underclassmen started 15 contests, pitching a total of 114 innings of work, allowing 45 earned runs, while giving up 111 hits, walked 61, struck out 147 and had a composite ERA of 2.76.
Keeping in mind that no baseball was played in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, Ryan Ebert played varsity baseball for three seasons going 44 for 167 plate appearances for a career average of .263. The remaining seniors all played varsity baseball their Junior and Senior Seasons. Mitchell Combs was 43 of 134, hitting .320. Andrew Beck was 48 of 173 for a .277 career average, and Adam Bezold went 19 of 69 for a .275 mark. As seniors, Ebert was 29-92=.315. Mitchell Combs matched Ebert’s effort, going 29-92=.315. Andrew Beck was 29-94=.309. On the mound, Charles Hartig graduates with a career W-L record of 9-4 and Mitchell Combs 5-3. Ryan Ebert bows out at 3-1, and Andrew Beck at 1-2.
Evan Moore was the team’s “Iron-Man” this season, appearing in 15 games, while making 11 starts, pitching 64 and 1/3 innings. He allowed 26 earned runs for an ERA of 2.83. Colin Combs was our next active underclassman, appearing in 8 games, throwing 17 innings while allowing 5 earned runs for an ERA of 2.06. .Underclassmen Brandon Bezold, Jackson Dietz, Logan Meyer, and Mitchell Enderle all made contributions on the mound. At the plate, Colin Combs led the returnees with a .396 average that included 6 home runs. Evan Moore batted .378 while leading the team in RBIs with 47, doubles with 8, and home runs with 7.
Brossart Junior Evan Moore finished the regular season with Four Statewide Distinctions
(31st in the state)
(16th in the state)
(14th in the state)
(14th in the state)
(46th in the state)
In addition to Combs and Moore, mainstays Brandon Bezold, Logan Meyer, and Anthony Kruse return, along with Alex Amin and Keegan Gulley who can be expected to put in full-time duty, as well as Aiden Schultz, Jackson Dietz, and Mitchell Enderle who all saw some varsity action this year. We anxiously anticipate the return of Robbie Verst, who sat out this season, recovering from a knee injury. Ben Volmer could well be in position to make the jump from JV to Varsity.
I will always remember the 2022 team as a group that could be counted on to make contact at the plate and make plays in the field. While there were certainly some exceptions to the rule, when we were at the top of our game we were a very contentious baseball team.