(Festus) The Jefferson Blue Jays, like most baseball teams across the country, are just happy to be back between the lines.
After missing all of last season due to the pandemic, the Blue Jays will throw the first pitch of 2021 later this month.
Blue Jays head coach Robert Kuehnle is presented with a unique challenge, as he has to start from scratch, and with many players who haven’t gotten a full season of high school baseball under their belts.
But he says his assistant coaches did a terrific job of laying out what needs to be done to be ready for a return to play.
Jefferson went 18-4 back in 2019 and won a conference championship, but they’re happy to have one of the stars of that team returning this season.
Colby Ott lead the Jays with a .455 batting average, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 28 runs batted in as a sophomore.
Now, Kuenhle says, Ott will look to finish off one of the great athletic careers R-7 has ever seen.
But Kuenhle believes he has plenty of other players that will emerge as stars over time.
Jefferson opens the 2021 baseball season by hosting the Black and Red Kickoff Classic with Herculaneum on March 19th and 20th.
To hear the full interview with Blue Jays head coach Robert Kuehnle, click play below.