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Roundup of local college baseball and softball players

By on July 18, 2018 at 3:02 pm

Former WHS softball standout Kasey Bradley appeared in four games for the Quincy Hawks. (submitted photo)

Monroe County displayed plenty of talent on college baseball and softball diamonds this past spring, with a couple of locals advancing to the biggest stage.

Four locals played NCAA Division I baseball, with Gibault graduate Zach Neff and Waterloo High School graduate Jordan McFarland participating with their teams in this year’s College World Series with Mississippi State and Arkansas, respectively. 

Much has been written recently about Neff, who was drafted by the Twins in June and is now pitching for the Elizabethton Twins in the Class A Appalachian League.

Neff went 4-3 with a 3.57 ERA and two saves in 27 appearances, at Mississippi State, which amassed 46 innings.

McFarland, who declined to sign after being drafted by the Washington Nationals out of high school, hit .299 with three home runs, 15 RBIs and 34 runs in 45 games with the Razorbacks this spring.

McFarland’s former WHS teammate, Tyler McAlister, pitched 19 innings in seven appearances this spring as a sophomore at Missouri State, including five starts. He was 0-0 with 20 strikeouts and an 8.05 ERA.

Yet another WHS teammate playing Division I baseball is Erik Kaiser, who made two pitching appearances as a freshman at Vanderbilt. Kaiser struck out three and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings pitched…>>>

A number of past local high school softball standouts performed well in college this spring.

Brianna Weilbacher, a CHS grad, earned Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week honors at Iowa State in early March. She finished her senior season with a record of 9-10 in 27 appearances, including 19 starts, with 88 strikeouts and a 4.03 ERA in 116-plus innings pitched. 

Former CHS teammate Taryn Pena posted a solid junior season at Drake University. Pena hit .260 with 10 doubles, 18 runs and 29 RBIs in 55 games.

Yet another CHS grad playing Division I softball is Missouri State freshman Kelly Metter. She hit .189 with 13 runs, three home runs and 16 RBIs in 42 games…>>> 

Read the rest of this article in the July 18, 2018, issue of the Republic-Times newspaper.

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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.