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America’s Pastime

Austin Hutson

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Springs sports have began their seasons, which means the sport of America’s past time is here too. Baseball. This means lots of popcorn, hot dogs, and long sunny days.

   The Kickapoo baseball team has had some rebuilding, because of the loss of the 2017 class. Last year’s team consisted of 4 seniors, 4 juniors, and 1 sophomore. The 2017 class also took a variety of pitching with them. As a result, the season started with many spots to fill, such as: Adam Link(drury), former first baseman Chandler Jones,  Robbie Merced (Missouri State), Michael Barnes (Fort Scott Community college), Andrew Kauffman, and other players who played a role on the team.

  “Loosing the 2017 class hurt us pretty bad because we lost a lot of leadership and experience, but as the season has gone on we have had a ton of players step up to help us win games like Garret Reed and Logan Harper,” said Quin Reasoner.

   However, the saying out with the old, in with the new explains this years team perfectly. With the majority of the team not having a great deal of varsity play time. The chiefs will have to learn to lead each other, and fill the the awaiting rolls on the team.

   This years Kickapoo team brings back a few varsity players from last year who will be counted on a lot this season. This returning group brings back Mason Auer(Jr), Quin Reasoner(Sr), Kolton Giefer(Sr), and Zac Salyers(Sr).

   The Missouri State commit Mason Auer is expected to have a big year following his astonishing sophomore season for the Chiefs. Throwing in the low 90’s, a vacuum in the outfield, and someone who can do it all at the plate. He has impressed many people and plans to continue that. As a result, he will play a big roll for this Kickapoo team.

   The team started out slow at the plate, but as many know baseball is game of highs and lows.

With the talent this team brings it would not be surprising to see another district title, and run for state.

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America’s Pastime