May 15th, 2020

DeSales Baseball

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


DeSales Baseball
Photo provided by Ed Peak

These would have been busy days for DeSales coach Tim Sievert. The Colts would host the District Tournament this Saturday and Sunday. However because of the Coronavirus the season was cancelled. No season, nothing.

 

Instead of preparing for a tournament, Sievert is preparing for a return to his job at Ford Motor Company, Monday. With eight idle weeks Sievert had time on his hands. He made the best of it.

 

When the season was cancelled Sievert decided his players needed recognition. Not just varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams. Sievert and what players weren't playing a fall sport could be seen practicing on half off the baseball field in the early fall evenings.

 

"We spend so much time together," said Sievert. "You don't realize your around these guys so much."

Sievert has a helmet winner each day who excels in practice like Louisville baseball does with the jersey awarded to the games most outstanding performer. He took pictures of the winners on a daily basis. Therefore photos were easy.

 

He sent each player a questioner with several questions. They returned the forms and from this he grafted a short biography of each player. "It really took off. Our principle (Anastasia Quick) and president (Rick Blackwell) liked the idea and commented about it."

 

Sievert said he would bring a player into a game and the parents didn't know who he was. So this helped get additional information out about some of  the unknown players. It helped college coaches identify prospects maybe not knowing much about their background.

 

Sievert admits he wouldn't had time to do this during a normal season. But this really took off.

Mother’s Day was last Sunday and Sievert made a video of all 35 players and 10 coaches wishing each mom a "Happy Mother’s Day." 

 

"They really got after it," said Sievert. "I had every player and coach within four days. Most moms had a picture of their sons, but some boys didn't have a picture together with their mom.

 

"Almost every mother contacted me," said Sievert who got the idea from his daughter about iMovie.

The Colts lost  eight seniors from last season 14-21 District Championship that lost in the regional to Fern Creek. Garrett Mathews and Trevor Sievert were losses from the pitching staff.

 

Michael Purcell, Brandon Hooker and pitcher Adam Baker missed their senior seasons because of the virus. Jayden Scroggins, Noah Brite, Evan Tinsley and Luke McClinton will be seniors next year form a solid nucleons.

 

Fern Creek would have been the Sixth Region favorite with possibly Pleasure Ridge Park, defending champion and first year coach Brad Burns, is always a threat. DeSales would have been a good dark horse pick.

 

The District tournament would have included Butler, Western, Doss and first year coach Zach Beckmann and the Colts. Iroquois wasn't going to field a team.

 

"What else did I have to do," said Sievert. Going back to work instead of the regional tournament is next for the second year head coach.

 

 

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