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Gibault baseball aims for steady improvement

By on March 21, 2018 at 3:56 pm

Members of the 2018 Gibault Catholic High School baseball team, are, from left, front row, Austin Sweeney, Jacob Muehlher, Nick Weilbacher, Mitchell Nolan, Logan Lannom and Will Simonton; and back row: Coach Andy Skaer, Ian Metcalf, Josh Papenberg, Tripp Hasenstab, Tim Reinholz, Cameron Kincheloe, Max Kostelac, Jacob Green, Will Janson, Mason McFarland, Ethan Schilling, Josh Hugger, Mark Branz and Coach Steve Bergheger. (Corey Saathoff photo)

With the loss of several seniors from last year’s 20-win squad, the youth movement is in full effect for the Gibault Catholic High School baseball team.

And there are plenty of talented juniors and sophomores on the Hawks roster this spring, offering excitement for the future. 

Gibault head coach Andy Skaer, now in his 14th season, is hopeful the future comes sooner than later, perhaps right around postseason time.

“Our goal is to continue getting better,” he said. “We tell the guys, ‘Get one percent better every day.’ By the end, we’ll have something rolling.”

Key returning players for the Hawks in 2018 include junior infielders Mark Branz and Austin Sweeney, sophomore catcher Josh Papenberg and sophomore first baseman/outfielder Tim Reinholz.

Branz hit .358 with 29 runs, 24 RBIs and 11 stolen bases last year. On the mound, he posted a 3-2 record and a 3.68 ERA.

Sweeney hit .361 with 23 RBIs last season and also threw some innings…>>>

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.