Postseason nods for four diamond Dutchmen

By: 
Will Johnson

While Owensville Dutchmen baseball’s season may have ended in the first round of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 4, District 9 Baseball Tournament at Sullivan High School, a total of four players earned postseason honors from the coaches of the Four Rivers Conference and the Class 4, District 9 Tournament.

Looked to as the staff ace, Dutchmen junior pitcher Brady Smith was Owensville’s lone representative to the All-District baseball team and one of four selections on the All-FRC Baseball Team.

On the mound, Smith would more often than not draw the opposing team’s ace hurler.

In spite of a 1-5 record overall and 1-2 within the FRC, Brady kept his Dutchmen baseball team in games throughout 2018.

Earning his lone win of the season against New Haven’s Shamrocks on Military Appreciation Day, Smith threw all seven innings to earn the complete-game victory.

During those seven frames, Smith struck out a season-high 11 Shamrock batters while limiting New Haven to two earned runs on five hits with no walks.

His next-highest strikeout total came against Hermann in the Linn Tournament when he recorded six of them against the Bearcats in Osage County.

Brady’s best game at the plate coincidentally also came against the Shamrocks in early April.

Driving in two of Owensville’s nine runs against New Haven, Smith wound up going 3-4 at the dish with a single, a double and a triple leaving himself a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.

In the run-scoring department, Brady scored a season-high two runs twice in the season opener against Potosi and against Pacific as part of the Four Rivers Baseball Classic (FRBC).

Batting .333 for the season, Smith banged out 22 hits while tying Colton Moore for the team lead with five doubles.

Brady’s 11 runs batted in (RBI) also tied him with Moore for second on the team.

As the lone diamond Dutchmen on the All-FRC First Team, senior Grant Steever was a virtual mainstay in the varsity lineup throughout all four years of his days in an orange-and-black baseball uniform.

Playing in all 20 games in his final campaign, Grant led the team in total at-bats (73), hits (26), triples (2) and runs scored (23).

Recording seven multi-hit games, Steever’s season-high came in their first game of the season against Potosi at Memorial Field.

Collecting four hits in five at-bats, Grant recorded a season-high three singles against the Trojans. He also scored three runs against Potosi and later in the season against Steelville on senior night at Memorial Field.

Also among his seven multi-hit games, he had a trio of three-hit games against Laquey at the Linn Tournament, Linn in regular-season action on the road and against Steelville.

Also against the Cardinals on senior night, Steever had a season-high three RBIs.

OHS’ other All-FRC selections came on the second team as utility players.

They included sophomore infielder Trevor Abernathy, sophomore infielder Javohntae Gates and Smith.

Second on the team with 25 total hits, Abernathy recorded a season-high three hits in three games.

During their FRBC showdown with Pacific, Trevor recorded three singles and also scored a season-high three runs against the Indians.

He also crossed the plate three times in the season opener against Potosi at Memorial Field.

In addition to the Pacific game, Abernathy also had three singles at home against New Haven and six days later on the road at Belle.

In the RBI department, Trevor drove in a pair twice against Belle and in the Linn Tournament against Laquey.

On the bases, Abernathy stole a team-high 12 bases just ahead of his senior teammate Steever who swiped nine bags.

Manning the first-base bag the majority of the season, Gates’ patience at the plate paid off leading the team with a .389 batting average and 15 walks.

His best game at the plate came in the FRBC contest against Pacific when Javohntae went 2-3 with two walks, two runs scored and three RBIs.

He also posted multi-hit games against Washington, St. James, Pacific’s FRC contest, Linn, Hermann and Waynesville.

Owensville finished their 2018 season with an overall record of 8-12 along with a 2-5 FRC mark.

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