The 2015 St. Thomas baseball team is looking to make a deep playoff run and is eyeing a state championship.
Two years ago in Coach Lousteau’s first season as the head coach the Eagles managed to pull off the victory and give St. Thomas their first championship since 2011.
The Eagles are led by two senior lefthanded pitchers Cameron Cash, who has not decided where he is going to play yet, and Matthew Ashbaugh, who is going to continue his career at Washington University in St. Louis.
“This season we have the same expectations that we’ve had every year: that is to win state”
-Matthew Ashbaugh, senior pitcher
Along with Ashbaugh and Cash is another senior standout pitcher: Paolo Cannatella. Paolo will be pitching at Stephen F. Austin next season after he graduates.
After losing a lot of core players from last season there will certainly be some younger players stepping in.
The seniors on the team will have to step up on the field and as leaders. Matt has been a contributor on varsity for his whole high school career so he knows that it is like to be a young player playing on varsity. Being a senior, the left handed ace says “I am just trying to be an example for the younger guys. I’m not a very vocal person, so I just try to lead through my actions.”
Seniors Eric Moore, Nolan Lundholm, and Alex Carnegie will man the infield. Both Lundholm and Moore are going to Catholic University in Washington D.C. to play baseball. Senior Shane Podsednik and sophomore Phillip Matulia also look to key contributors for the Eagles this upcoming season.
“Although we lost a lot of seniors, I know that we have people who are ready to step in and make a huge impact this season.”
-Cameron Cash, senior pitcher
St. Thomas will definitely feel the losses of Wendell Champion who is now playing at University of Houston and Max Machiorlette playing at Princeton. Barrett Kaul, Luke Dworak, Matt George and Chris Winter are several others that will be missed from the last couple years. All of those players from the class of 2015 had a lot of varsity experience and had contributed a lot the last four years.
Although the losses will hurt, St. Thomas always has young baseball talent ready to step in and make an impact.
The road to win a state championship will not easy, but the 2016 St. Thomas baseball squad is confident they can win a ring