20 Mar Springdale Preparatory School Opens 2019 Campaign with 2-0 Record
After an undefeated inaugural season in independent play, the Springdale Preparatory School Lions opened 2019 with two key wins on consecutive days.
On Monday, the Lions notched a resounding win over Rosedale Baptist on Monday, 23-1. Patience at the plate coupled with aggressive base running helped solidify the victory, with the Springdale seniors leading the way. Starting pitcher, Matt Brauer, gave a solid performance on the mound pitching two innings with five strikeouts; Spencer Blade delivered 3 hits and 4 RBIs; and Ryan Kilchenstein added 3 runs with two hits; and Trevor Simpkins had 2 hits and 2 RBIs.
On Tuesday, aggressive baserunning launched Springdale to an 8-7 extra inning victory over Perry Hall Christian School. Jarrett Kreisel’s single on his at bat’s first pitch knocked in the Lions’ 8th run for the walk-off win. Kreisel led the team, with two hits in four at bats, and Kilchenstein notched three of the team’s six stolen bases. Brauer was the winning pitcher, after two innings of one-hit ball.
“The team was resilient today. They showed a lot of heart and competitiveness,” said second-year coach Chris Wooden. “This team never gives up. We were able to utilize our speed with aggressive baserunning, coupled with multiple clutch hits from players throughout the batting to pull out a win against a very good Perry Hall baseball team.”
Last year, with a young roster that included a few middle school players, the Lions finished their rainy inaugural season with an impressive 3-0 record. Wooden is hopeful the team will improve on its solid beginning. Top returnees to the team include sophomore catcher, Joey Brauer, who has a strong arm and is an anchor behind the plate. Junior, AJ Delgado, a pitcher and second baseman, also made significant contributions to last year’s season.
“I’m looking forward to a successful season with more games planned this year and a growing roster full of talent and promise,” said Coach Wooden. “We are building a highly competitive program. I foresee Springdale becoming a formidable opponent to some of the area’s leading baseball programs. The school is still young, and already we are getting our name out there. We plan to send a message that, although new, Springdale is not to be overlooked.”
Coach Wooden has added talent to this year’s roster, including seniors Kilchenstein, Brauer and Simpkins. With player development and investing in the program’s future top of mind, two eighth-grade players fill out the 2019 roster, Jeffrey Graham and Travis Epps.
The Lions next take the field Friday, March 22 against Carroll Christian School at Springdale Preparatory School at 4:30 p.m. For the full 2019 schedule, visit https://springdaleps.org/athletic-schedules.