Regional Radio Senior Spotlight – Baseball: Crystal City, DeSoto, Hillsboro

Crystal City Hornets:

Blake Eisenbeis

Eisenbeis was a 3-year varsity player and a multi-sport athlete. He had improved each year and was going to play an important role this season. Eisenbeis plans to attend Jefferson College in Hillsboro and then transfer to a 4-year university to major in special education.

Interview with Crystal City Head Coach – Brian Weible:

DeSoto Dragons:

Kameren Brooks – RF

Brooks would have been a multi-year starter for the DeSoto baseball team this spring and was one of the team’s top returning offensive threats. He hit in the middle of the order last year and would have been there once again this year. Brooks was the type of hitter that consistently got on base and would rarely strikeout. This past season he led the Dragons with a .475 batting average and was named All-Conference. Brooks was also a member of the DeSoto football team. He will be continuing his baseball career at Fontbonne University next season.

Briar Fischer – SP, 1B

Fischer was a returning player for the Dragons baseball team this spring and would have once again been the ace of the pitching staff. He led DeSoto this past season in innings pitched in addition to leading the team in RBI. Fischer had an arsenal of pitches and was excellent at mixing speeds and locations. He led by example and was a great team player. Fischer was also the quarterback of the DeSoto football team.

Garrett Hardin – 3B, OF, SP

Hardin was a returning player for the DeSoto baseball team this spring and was poised to have a big year after coming on strong late last season. He saw limited time in 2019 but hit .421 in 19 at-bats. Hardin was a fundamentally sound player who had great pop in his bat and was always a tough out. He was a true utility player as well, possessing the versatility to play virtually any position on the field. Hardin was also a member of the DeSoto football team.

Parker Grobe – 2B

Grobe was a returning player for the Dragons baseball team this spring and would have played a key role on the field this season. He was one of the team’s hardest workers in addition to being one of the most selfless. Grobe put in a lot of time in the weight room this offseason and showed improvement in his offensive game. He was also an intelligent player who always knew the right play to make.

Grant Kite – OF, RP

Kite was a returning player for the Dragons baseball team this spring and was in a position to be the team’s starting left fielder this year. He was a big, strong guy who also possessed tremendous athleticism. Kite had improved his speed over the past few seasons and had great range in the outfield. He also had a huge arm that would have put him in a potential closer role for the team this year as well.

Corey Gibbs – C

Gibbs was making a return to the DeSoto baseball team this spring after having taken his junior year off. He saw some time behind the plate as a sophomore for the Dragons and would have filled an even bigger role as the team’s backstop this year. Gibbs had a great arm from the catcher position that helped to keep opposing runners in check. He also handled the pitching staff well. Gibbs was also a member of the DeSoto basketball team.

Interview with DeSoto Head Coach – Matt Buechting:

Hillsboro Hawks:

Mark Moore

Moore was an honorable mention all-conference selection last year. He finished with a .273 batting average, .300 on-base percentage, .364 slugging percentage, 5 doubles and 8 runs batted in. Moore plans to attend Webster University and play basketball and soccer.

Garrett Pinkley

Pinkley was second-team all-conference last season, compiling a .291 batting average with 4 doubles and 14 RBI. Pinkley also had a .361 on-base percentage and .364 slugging percentage.

Isack Hamilton

Hamilton was one of the Hawks’ stars on the diamond last season, batting .300 and slugging .400 with 8 doubles and 18 RBI. Hamilton earned first-team all-conference and plans to play at the next level at Southwestern Illinois College.

Logan Warren

Warren was a force on the mound last season, compiling a 1.19 earned run average and 4 saves in 19 innings pitched to earn honorable mention all-conference. Warren will join Hawk teammate Isack Hamilton at Southwestern Illinois College.

Grant Beck

Beck hit .130 last season and had 7 RBI. He plans to play baseball in college and is still looking at schools.

Dayton Hoelter

Hoelter will look to take his talents to the next level after hitting .265 with 4 RBI as a junior. Hoelter also finished with a .375 on-base percentage and slugged .324 last season. He has not made a final college choice at this time.

Brendan McLaughlin

McLaughlin aided the pitching rotation with 13 innings on the mound and 11 strikeouts last season. He plans to attend Jefferson College in Hillsboro on the A+ Program.

Nolan Evans

Evans batted .200 as a junior and was on base almost half the time he came to the plate. He plans on becoming a welder.

Interview with Hillsboro Head Coach – Kevin Lucas: