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Archers Pound Lewis and Clark at Busch Stadium

September 10, 2012

During the 2012 spring season, St. Louis Community College often found itself searching for an offensive spark. That spark could be found in spades in the annual STLCC game at Busch Stadium on Sunday, as the Archers strung together four three-run innings en route to a 12-2 win over Lewis and Clark Community College.

Sophomore infielder Jacob Rhodes, who was at times an offensive catalyst for the Archers in his freshman year, is encouraged by the amount of production around him this fall.

“I feel really confident with what we have this year,” Rhodes said. “I think the freshman class is really strong. So far this fall, we’ve been strong and it’s been a lot of fun. I’m excited for this year.”

The Archers grabbed their lead in the bottom of the first, scoring three times on the strength of three hits and two Trailblazers defensive miscues. STLCC also posted three-run outbursts in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Lewis and Clark scored its only two runs in the top half of the fourth inning. The ability of the Archers to string together multiple big innings was a pleasant sight for Archers head coach Tony Dattoli.

“At this point, depth-wise, we are tremendously ahead of schedule,” Dattoli said. “It’s really exciting when you start putting together lineups and every time you write someone’s name down, you go, ‘You know what, this guy’s pretty good,’ so that’s a good feeling. We’re ahead of where we were last year.”

Per the usual for the annual game at Busch, both the Archers and Trailblazers deployed their whole roster, with the Archers using 52 different players, including 14 pitchers. Lewis and Clark used 47 players, including 10 pitchers.

The rotation of players often means limited appearances for individuals, and, at times, situations that players rarely would find themselves in. Sophomore first baseman Mike Ehrhard faced two different pitchers in the same at-bat in the eighth inning, which ended with a base on balls.

However abbreviated their turn in the field, on the mound, or at the plate, the experience of playing in a major league stadium remains a notable highlight for all players.

“To get to say that I played at a major league stadium, you can’t beat that,” Ehrhard said.