St. Pius seeking leap to more success in baseball

(Festus) The St. Pius Lancers came close to baseball glory last season, and they believe they’re ready to finally climb to the mountaintop.

St. Pius was runner-up in both the JCAA Small-School Division and Class 3 District 4 during a 12-12 campaign.

The Lancers do bring back some of their best top-of-the-order hitters in junior Drew Merseal and senior Nate Schwer.

But head coach Dan Oliver says, if they’re going to come through in the clutch in the big games, they need to have better at-bats.

St. Pius brings back a pair of aces in senior pitcher Tate Ramey and sophomore hurler Zander Street, who both had earned-run averages under 2.50.

Oliver says the Lancers’ top arms made one significant tweak to their pitching arsenal: throwing more heat.

The Lancers will be one of the most experienced teams in Jefferson County.

But Oliver says he’s always believed this team has what it needs to be great.

St. Pius is already off to a 3-0 start to the 2022 baseball season ahead of visiting Maplewood of Richmond Heights Friday afternoon.

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