Eureka Post 177 • 2016 Pre Season Predictions

2015 record: 8-13.
Coach: Cam Phillips. Entering his second year as head coach of Eureka Post 177.
Assistant coaches: Robert Huckstep, John Burton, Greg Robinson, Jake Hughes.
Returning number of starters: 4 position starters and 3 pitchers.
Players on team to watch for this summer: Andrew Colin (OF, Eureka), Nate Witherspoon (P, Eureka), Gio Toscano (P, Summit), Andrew Bujnak (IF, Summit), Jacob Reinkemeyer (IF, Eureka), Connor Quick (IF, Summit), Zac Husman (IF, Eureka), Garret Witte (P, Eureka), Sean Markley (P, Eureka), Sam McKinney (C, Summit).
Newcomers expected to help: Hayden Zadrozinski (OF, Eureka), Eric Gerstein (OF, Summit), Austin Sims (IF, Summit), Matt Spinenweber (IF, Eureka), Baylor Talcott (C, Eureka), Jake Burlison (P/OF, Summit), Timmy Schnurbusch (P, Eureka), Alex Silvernail (OF, Eureka).
Team strengths: The team we have built for the summer is perfectly going to fit the style of baseball our program likes – strong defense, speed, and versatility.
Goals: Our goals are the same every year — compete for and ultimately win District 10 and make a run at a state title.
Who are the favorites to win District 10: Ballwin and Manchester will be the favorites heading into the season.
Quote: I can’t be any more excited about this team. We had a tough year last season; we had injuries, and we had to dig into younger levels of our program to develop players that maybe weren’t quite ready. That will pay off for us this year, and I expect our program to get back to the level of success we are accustomed to. We have a roster full of athletes, and we should be explosive in a lot of different facets of the game. We also have a great mix of players from Eureka and Summit, who should compliment each other well throughout the summer. These guys are hungry to go out on top, expect a fun and exciting season from Post 177.

Eureka catcher Sam McKinney rips a shot toward center field during a District 10 Senior Legion baseball game Tuesday, June 28 at Valley Park High School. (Jonathan Duncan/West Newsmagazine photo.)