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Freshmen Loomed Large for Baseball, Softball Teams

May 22, 2012

Tory Ellis  
Freshman infielder Tory Ellis was an offensive catalyst for the Archers softball team and is an
NJCAA All-America team nominee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the 2012 St. Louis Community College baseball and softball teams searched for an offensive spark, they both knew where to look. In both cases, youth won the day.

Freshman infielder Tory Ellis was the catalyst for Archers softball all year, batting a team-best .345 with 43 RBI. Most impressive was Ellis’ power production. In her first year of collegiate competition, Ellis accounted for 12 of the Archers’ 22 home runs.

The Archers featured a robust offense that averaged 5.48 runs per game this spring, largely due to the contributions of Ellis. She was the top vote-getter among All-Region 16 honorees and an NJCAA All-American nominee.

Ellis, a graduate of Fox High School, joined the Archers as a highly-touted addition after hitting .429 in her senior year of high school. Ellis met—if not exceeded—the expectations that type of performance brings.

The STLCC baseball team had its own freshman sensation.

Mike Ehrhard  
Freshman Mike Ehrhard led the Archers in batting average, RBI
and runs scored.

First baseman/outfielder Mike Ehrhard, a graduate of CBC High School, opened the year on a tear and never let up. Ehrhard was a key offensive force in the Archers’ early-season 10-game winning streak, and continued to be the Archers’ primary source of power throughout the spring.

Ehrhard batted .369 with 47 RBI and 44 runs scored, all team-best totals. On a team not known for its power, Ehrhard provided a team-high eight home runs. The Archers coaching staff expected Ehrhard to be a power presence. His consistency, however, was a pleasant surprise.

“We knew how powerful he was, but we really didn’t think he would hit close to .400,” head coach Tony Dattoli said. “That was a pleasant surprise, because that’s a tough task for anyone.”

What set Ehrhard apart from many others in their first year of college was his attention to detail and willingness to make adjustments, according to Dattoli.

“He was a sponge,” Dattoli said. “He listened. He was always open and receptive to any type of advice you would give. You would ask him to try something and he would, and he was successful in all the little things we were trying to get him to do.”

Ehrhard teamed with fellow freshman infielder Matt Weiss (Parkway South) as the only regulars to bat above .300 this year. Weiss finished his freshman season with a .341 average while driving in 30 runs.

If 2012 could be used as a barometer for future success, STLCC’s baseball and softball programs will have plenty to look forward to in 2013.