Winners again: Scott City seniors prove successful right to the very end

Scott City pitcher Neal Lowery delivers a pitch during the Senior Showcase baseball games at Harmon Field in Chaffee Sunday.
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CHAFFEE — Stop me if you have read this scenario before: Scott City earns a victory with Jimmy May and Joe Panagos playing key roles late in the game.

How many times has that storyline unfolded over the past four years?

“They have accomplished a lot in their four years,” Scott City football and baseball coach Jim May, said of the Rams’ senior class.

May got to witness one final day of success by the incredibly talented group Sunday, as the Rams took part in the Senior Showcase baseball event at Harmon Field.

Scott City won both of their games, with the finale coming dramatically.

The Rams trailed a squad comprised of players from Charleston, Oran, and Chaffee 2-1 in the final inning of the five-inning affair when May and Panagos each reached base after getting hit by pitches.

Spencer Stratman brought home May to tie the game and Josh Schmitt scored Panagos to finish the win.

This group having success has become commonplace over the past four years, as the elder May noted.

The Scott City senior class won 29 games in four football seasons, including the first Class 3 District title in over a decade last fall.

In basketball, the class won 56 games throughout their high school days, including a Class 3 District title in February (the school’s first in eight years), while on the baseball diamond, the Rams won 53 games over the past three seasons, including a Class 3 District title in 2018.

“These guys have been playing since they were freshmen, for the most part,” May said, “in all of the sports. They put so much into this school and the community. This was a great way to come out here and be together one last time.”

For May and his assistant, Stephen O’Brien, Sunday was an emotional day because both of their sons culminated their prep athletic careers.

Ram senior Landon O’Brien joined the younger May and nine other athletes to comprise the 11 seniors that their coaches thought had real potential to do something special this spring.

“We returned every starter from last year,” May said of the 15-win group. “We had high hopes, we really did. We were hopeful we could go on one more run, but it wasn’t to be.”

Sunday gave the group one more time to cheer each other on and compete to the final moment, as it has done so often throughout their careers.

May had mixed emotions after watching his team perform.

“I was excited about getting to do (the Showcase),” May said. “Everybody is so disappointed in what has been taken from these kids. For them to be able to come out and get to enjoy this a little bit and for me to have one more moment with them… it is fleeting. It’s all gone after this.”

The senior athletes are finished representing Scott City, but the group’s legacy will live on for years to come.

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