Local summer baseball teams gearing up for an alterated season

Sikeston head baseball coach Brett Kolons talks to the Sikeston Silver Sox teams before practice on Monday, May 18, 2020, at VFW Stadium.
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SIKESTON — Baseball is gearing back up.

Practices and drills are starting all in anticipation for the first game for each summer program, and although it may not be the season each team envisioned, there is still going to be a season.

Sikeston Silver Sox

After the cancellation of the Missouri American Legion baseball season, Sikeston Silver Sox general manager Craig Templeton was trying to find a different alternative.

He found just that, as they will play whoever they can, and said that just having baseball is a step in the right direction.

“We can do as we need each game,” Templeton said. “We’re playing Babe Ruth teams, and we may have to abide by Babe Ruth rules. This summer, we’re going to do what we need for each game necessary.

“It feels very good to get the kids out here, and it feels good to see a little baseball, be outside, be active. We’re trying to mix it up and have fun this summer. That’s the end goal; to develop and get the kids ready for the high school program.”

The Silver Sox open against Cape Girardeau Legion, at VFW Stadium, on Wednesday, June 1 at 6 p.m., and play a total of 15 games with no double-headers.

Sikeston’s 19-and-under roster is as followed:

• Bryce Pullen

• Barrett Davis

• Justin Marks

• Max Worth

• Joe Miles

• Lawson Alcorn

• Tyler Stokes

• Trey Drake

• Justin Church

• Kadin Wilburn

• Hayden Alcorn

• Tharen Russell

• Mason Alvin

Templeton added that the 17-and-under team would also see some playing time with the older group, and their roster is as followed:

• Daeton Taylor

• Connor Wallace

• Brice Gordon

• Evan Palmer

• Evan Kenedy

• Jacob Leavitt

• John Martin Boner

• Isaac Griggs

• Mason Slipis

• Omar Martinez

• Tanner Chronister

• Lucas King

• Carson Beaird

Southeast Tropics

Kelly junior Drew Dirnberger squares to hit the ball in the batting cage, at Double Play, in Miner, Mo., on Monday, May 18, 2020.
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For the Babe Ruth League, instead of preparing for a Regional or World Series, teams will play state tournaments as an honor.

Southeast Tropics manager Dustin Schwartz said that he’s looking forward to getting out on the field and start playing, even though there are alterations to the season.

“It’s changed more than once this year,” Schwartz said. “With state being pushed off a little bit, it’s made it a little more flexible — extended our regular season. Practicing has been a little more difficult, and we’re going to try and get as much work in as possible in the next two weeks.

“We’re going to jump in, we’re going to manage our pitching a little more at the beginning of the season, and by mid-season, we feel like we’ll be ready to go.”

The Tropics open against Mineral Area (17-and-under) in Farmington, Mo., on Thursday, May 28, at 6 p.m., and play a total of 30 games on the schedule.

Southeast’s 19-and-under roster is as followed:

• Grant Coomer, Delta

• Brennan Fowler, Chaffee

• Alec Brown, Chaffee

• Wyatt Parker, Chaffee

• Gavin Bond, New Madrid County Central

• Neal Lowery, Scott City

• Josh Schmitt, Scott City

• Drew Glueck, Oak Ridge

• Parker Jeffries, Neelyville

• Ty Johnson, Oran

• Kole Simms, Oran

• Devin Heuring, Kelly

• Peyton Eftink, Kelly

• Drew Dirnberger, Kelly

• Grant Menz, Kelly

• Noah Willingham, South Pemiscot

• Ashton Thompson, South Pemiscot

Charleston Fighting Squirrels

Former Charleston Bluejay Ajay Sager prepares to throw the ball during a drill at practice, at Hillhouse Park, in Charleston, Mo., on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
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Summertime is a time of the year that Charleston Fighting Squirrel's manager Michael Minner always anticipates.

“We’re just excited to be out here,” Minner said. “We’re trying to keep ourselves spread out, and we’re not trying to get anybody sick. We feel like things are looking better and looking up, and it’s really good to see some of these guys out here with the old glove and ball.

“A lot of people have been missing this. We’re hoping that this is a sign of good things to come this summer.”

After falling to the Tropics in the regional semifinals one season ago, Minner believes that his team will be competitive, but is still trying to figure out what he has.

“We haven’t seen a lot of these guys since tryouts in October,” Minner said. “We felt like we were going to be pretty decent, but we’re just feeling people out. This week, we’re trying to get back in it and get guys throwing and see what we got before we get rolling.”

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