(Perryville) St. Vincent baseball refuses to throw in the proverbial white towel while it continues its dream run through the playoffs.
The Indians entered the Class 2, District 3 tournament at 7-10 and without stringing together three victories in a row the entire season. After securing the district title over Bismarck, 9-2, and earning a spot in the state sectional, the Indians completed its first three game winning streak. Now, standing in the way of a state quarterfinal berth on Wednesday is the Class 2, District 4 champion Van-Far Indians.
St. Vincent head coach Tyler Search says the players will need more of the mental toughness shown in districts if they have a chance of advancing on Monday.
The display of mental toughness comes from seniors such as Tyler Monier, Tyler Unterreiner and Riley Riehn.
Before the district tournament began, coach Search suffered a great loss in the family with his grandfather passing. After the win over Bismarck, he couldn’t help but think of him and the idea that maybe this team is a “team of destiny.”
Four wins stand between St. Vincent and a second state championship in program history. The first and only one back in 2000. Mental toughness and togetherness from the players will be key factors in ultimately deciding their fate. St. Vincent and Van-Far leave it all on the baseball diamond Monday afternoon at the Perryville City Park. Follow the action on AM 800 KREI beginning at 4:45 with our pregame show and first pitch at 5.
Full Interview with Head Coach Tyler Search: