April 22nd, 2021

DeSales Baseball

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


DeSales Baseball
photo by Ed Peak

 Tim Sievert could see what the future might be like three years ago. After taking over as the head baseball coach at DeSales in 2019, the Colts played a lot of underclassman. Freshman and Sophomores took their lumps but valuable experience was gained.

 

Those lessons learned are turning into wins as DeSales is one of the top teams in Louisville and the Sixth Region.

 

“We built up these guys,” said Sievert. “I think having last year off we all got to reset. We got to put priorities straight and we all realized of how important baseball was. Not just for them, but for me too.

“I missed my guys. I missed my coaches. That’s just made us want to do it more. We lose a game we want make it up. We want to win all 36 games,” said Sievert.

 

The Colts (10-2) are off to a great start. A win over St. Xavier, 4-3, Tuesday, is an indicator. 

 

“I think Tim is doing a real good job over there,” said St. X coach Andy Porta. “In the Sixth Region, I like them. I think Tim told me they have 51 kids in the program and that’s great for a team like DeSales. Some of these schools have 22 kids in the program (total). That’s tough to compete.”

 

DeSales starts seven seniors led by second baseman Jayden Scroggins. A starting quarterback for the football team, Scroggins has started for three seasons. Scroggins bats lead off and through 11 games had a batting average of .436 with six of his 17 hits for extra bases. He has used his speed to steal 13 bases.

Sievert says Scroggins is the player others look up too. 

 

“Scorggs is our guy. He’s leads. They respect him. He’s a man of few words. He’s almost like an Alec Brothers (former standout). They don’t say much but when they do, they (teammates) listen.”

 

Junior Alex Yurt is off to a great short. The starting shortstop and pitcher has a .414 average has 12 walks and only 10 strikeouts in 29 at bats. He is second off the team with 10 steals. “Yurt has really hit it well for us,” said Sievert. 

 

Yurt a right hander is 3-0, hasn’t given up an earned run in three games. “When he pitches he’s been lights out,” said Sievert. “He’s played great at short when he doesn’t pitch.”

 

Noah Brite (1-0) is a burley right hander who also plays first base. He has 16 strikeouts in 14 innings. Brite has a .368 batting average with 15 rbi and both of the Colts home runs.

 

“It’s been going great,” said Brite. “We got off to a hot start. We’ve been playing as a family. We do have a lot of seniors but the underclass man fill in when we need them to.”

 

Brite says missing last year because of the coronavirus has made this team hungrier. “It hurt us a little. We want to translate that frustration into showing what we do out here.”

 

The starting third baseman is Jason Bassett when he isn’t pitching. Bassett (1-1) has 19 strikeouts in 15 innings and a 1.87 era. 

In the outfield are Evan Tinsley, Justin Wilkins and Noah Beck.  The speedy right fielder is batting .333 with 14 steals.

 

The ace of the pitching staff might be Luke McClinton (3-0) who has struck out 17 and walked only six in 14.2 innings. 

 

“We’ve got five above average arms. McClinton and Brite have probably been my best two. Bassett has been great.” 

“Brite and Bassett threw all four pitches. McClinton is coming back from Tommy John Surgery. His change up has been really nice. Lot of movement on his fastball,” said Sievert. The team era is 2.27.

 

Off the bench sophomore Jacob Crawford pitches and plays shortstop while Skyler Murphy in seven games is hitting .375. 

Colton Parrish, Sean Heil, Jacob Parker, Noah Lochner have all played. Evan Brite, Justin Wilkins (0-1, 2.71) and Conner Matthias (.286) provide depth.

 

As a team the Colts had 49 steals in 53 attempts through 11 games and a .315 batting average.

 

“We run the bases really well. We’ve got some really good team speed. In the middle of the lineup we’ve got some powerful bats in Brite and Murphy. Those guys have hit the ball gap to gap.”

 

Sievert knows winning the region won’t be easy. In the district Butler is a threat while North Bullitt and Bullitt East have good clubs. “They always have good teams.”

 

DeSales has games with North Bullitt, Butler, Manual, North Hardin, Ballard twice and host Trinity, May 20. 

 

“It’s going to be competitive that’s for sure,” said Brite. “There is no reason we can’t win the region. We’re strong at everything. We are deep.”

 

It’s taken awhile but DeSales looks ready to win a regional title.

 

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