(STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo.) – Opening round action in the Class 4 District 2 baseball tournament in Ste. Genevieve will begin Monday afternoon with three straight games on Regional Radio. One of the games will be between the #5 Festus Tigers and the #4 Potosi Trojans. Potosi won the matchup against Festus back in March during the regular season 17-7 but eventually had to forfeit the game due to an ineligible player participating in the game. Now at 6-10 overall, Trojans coach Steve McCoy said he expects it to be a tight game this time around.
Festus has struggled at 6-15 this year, dropping eight of their last ten games coming into the tournament. In game 2, the second-seeded North County Raiders at 13-9-1 will face off against the seventh-seeded Central Rebels at 5-17. They squared off less than two weeks ago in a regular season matchup that saw the Raiders take the victory 11-0. Raiders coach Chris McLain said this tournament will be all about mental toughness.
Rebels coach Ronnie Calvird said a change on the hill and a different approach at the plate should held his team’s cause.
Before both of those games, the third-seeded DeSoto Dragons will take on the sixth-seeded Fredericktown Blackcats. DeSoto finished the regular season at 9-10 following three straight losses against tough competition. Dragons coach Matt Buechting said his team has performed well recently despite the losses.
Meanwhile, Fredericktown looks to finish the year strong after wrapping up the regular season at 10-11. Blackcats coach Scott Davis said even though their only the 6-seed, they are ready to surprise some teams in the tournament.