A different coaching staff pointing the program in a new direction will take the Troy Buchanan High Trojans into the spring baseball season. The season was scheduled to begin March 21 as Troy met Wentzville Holt in the Trojan Baseball Classic.
The Trojans finished with a 3-21 mark last spring and are now being coached by Andrew Elmendorf.
“Being under a new coach is a big change for the guys,” he said. “We have a different intensity as we want to introduce the players to the fundamentals. Toward the end of our drills, we slow it down and stress different techniques. The guys have a great attitude and we want them to believe in themselves and their teammates. “
Some of the key returnees include Devon Fuller, Collin Barton, Kurtis Meyers and Nick Tubbesing.
“Devon will be our centerfielder and is a great athlete,” said Elmendorf. “His speed will enable him to get to a lot of balls in the field. Collin will be our shortstop, a position he held late in the season until he was injured. Brandon Bennett and Brendon Walker are battling for time at second base. Bennett will also pitch for us when not playing second. Shane Ponder and Hunter Martin will play first base with Hunter also being one of our pitchers.”
Splitting time at third will be Justin Holt and Tubbesing with Tubbesing also slated to appear on the mound. Brandon Beauchamp will also see time at third or pitching. Curtis Meyers will handle the catching duties along with Austin Foust. Foust could also be in right field competing with Alex Sitler. Brayden Tuepker, Caleb Eisenbath and Andrew Kennedy are battling for playing time in left field.
Other possible pitchers include Callum Smith, Tyler Merritt and JD Powell. Powell competed his freshman year and returns as a senior.
“I think at the outset, we will be strong defensively which hopefully keep us in games,” said Elmendorf. “I don’t think we will be a power hitting team but with our speed and aggressiveness at the plate, we should be able to score with timely hitting. We need to do the ‘little things’ right. They are a good group of kids that have worked hard and we will have a different brand of baseball with intensity and energy. Our fans should expect a new team with a new attitude.”
Elmendorf said the GAC South again will be very competitive. “You must first look at Francis Howell,” he said. “They are very good each year and are rated to be very strong again. Other top teams should be Fort Zumwalt West, Francis Howell Central and Timberland. You have to be ready each game with any of the division teams.”