Young team for Melcher-Dallas baseball

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The 2020 Melcher-Dallas baseball team has grown bigger and stronger over last season, but there remains plenty of youth still in need of experience.

Head Coach Pat Ferguson says he has 13 players on the team this year – with no seniors. However, the players that he has are hard-working and dedicated to getting better as individuals and a team.

Led by Cole Metz, the Saints look to put some marks in the win column. Metz, Ryan Krpan and Steven Krpan have all served as strong leaders for the team thus far.

“They’ve been thrown into leadership roles,” Ferguson said. In a small town like Melcher-Dallas, the youth all know each other and often have friendships formed before hitting the field.

Ryan Krpan will be the team’s number one pitcher. He is “by far” the best hurler the team has, Ferguson said. The low numbers and struggles with pitching may decrease the number of games the Saints play this season. Currently, they are slated to play 16, beginning with Bluegrass Conference powerhouse Lamoni on June 16.

Ferguson’s goals for the season is to see the players learn, grow and improve. If nothing else, he hopes the players realize how fortunate they are to get to play. As much as they complain about school when in session, they missed it when classroom learning was canceled. Losing spring sports was difficult, but if this season was also canceled, Ferguson and team would be lost.

“I can’t imagine a summer without baseball,” Ferguson said. Be sure to follow the Tribune through the season to follow the progress made by the Saints.