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Archers Move Back to .500 Mark

April 16, 2012

Mike Ehrhard  
Mike Ehrhard leads the Archers with a .369
batting average and 28 RBI.

In a season that has proven to be trying at times for the Archers and head coach Tony Dattoli, St. Louis Community College’s baseball team fought its way back to .500 with a 6-4 week, highlighted by sweeps over North Central College and Three Rivers.

The Archers’ success was fueled by renewed offensive production not seen since the season’s first month. STLCC scored four or more runs in five of the six victories in the 10-game stretch. The team had scored four runs in only one of its previous five games.

“I started to see us get back to the approach we started the season with, which is letting the ball travel deep and using the opposite field,” Dattoli said following a four-game sweep of North Central. “When we had that approach, we’re attacking fastballs and not letting them go back. When we’re doing that, we’re able to produce wins.”

Matt Weiss  
Matt Weiss provided middle-of-the-order punch
at the plate in STLCC's last six wins.

Much of the Archers’ production came from the middle of the order, with freshman outfielder Mike Ehrhard (CBC) and freshman first baseman Matt Weiss (Parkway South) leading the way at the plate in the STLCC victories. Ehrhard has been a key cog in the Archers’ lineup all year, batting .369 with a team-leading 28 RBI and 32 runs scored.

“Anybody hitting in the three or four hole needs to produce,” Dattoli said. “It’s a scenario that, we need everybody. Obviously, those are RBI guys. But you need table-setters, too, and guys behind them who are getting these guys pitches to hit.”

The week could have been even better for the Archers. Their 6-4 run began 6-0 after sweeping a doubleheader from Three Rivers College on April 10. The week ended with doubleheader losses to Jefferson College and Crowder College.

The Archers (23-23) will look to move back above .500 this week, when they travel to St. Charles Community College on Tuesday (April 17). The Archers are 2-0 against SCCC this year, outscoring the Cougars 24-8.