baseball

Confident St. Pius’ crew thrive at bat, in the field

St. Pius X shortstop Eli Dale tagged out Whitfield’s Legend Alicea on a steal attempt. St. Pius’s pitching, hitting and fielding was top-notch April 17 in a 14-0 win vs. Whitfield High School. Senior catcher Zac Meyer led the offense with three doubles, a home run and three runs batted in. Sophomore Jeremy Isenman struck out five in three innings, giving up one hit, to lead a quartet of pitchers in the shutout.

Players on the St. Pius X High School baseball team are a confident bunch, and it shows in their crisp play in the field and at bat.

Yet, for all of that confidence — "swagger," as their coach calls it — they're quick to recognize the importance of their teammates for their success.

FAITHFUL FAN | Holliday may be gone but he leaves a legacy in St. Louis

In a few days, former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday will report to spring training for his new team, the New York Yankees. Infielder Matt Carpenter will do the same for the St. Louis Cardinals.

The two Matts are forever linked by their love for the children at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. Carpenter is taking over Holliday's role as chairman of the Homers for Health Program.

Vince Scully: Blessed by God for longevity as broadcaster

Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully threw out the ceremonial first pitch last year prior to the first game ever between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. Scully retired after the 2016 season, his 67th announcing games for the franchise.

As veteran Los Angeles Dodgers' announcer Vin Scully retired after the 2016 season, his 67th announcing games for the baseball franchise, he thanked God for giving him the job at such a youthful age and allowing him to live long enough to spend so many years at the microphone.

New Mizzou coach stands out for stress on core values

Southeast head coach Steve Bieser watches the from the sideline in the fourth inning against Belmont at Capaha Field on Friday, May 20, 2016. Belmont won 4-3.

Steve Bieser's coaching is built on four cornerstones. The first is faith — the core values of players, their integrity and the character they represent as well as self-worth, purpose and respect. Family, education and service are the others.

His record shows those cornerstones built a strong foundation.

St. Louisan puts strong faith, arm to use at TCU

Brian Howard, a St. Louis University High school graduate, threw a pitch for the TCU baseball team in a game against Oaklahoma univeristy at Lupton Stadium on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas, April 16. Howard was drafted by the Houston Astros but will play another year at TCU.

Praise came from Baseball America, D-1 Baseball.com, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram — even the St. Raphael the Archangel Parish bulletin.

THE CATHOLIC DIFFERENCE | Two Catholics and the Catholic game

Baseball is, in my opinion, the most Catholic of the sports on which we lavish such attention and passion.

Because it's played without a clock, baseball is like the liturgy: a foretaste of the time-beyond-time, which is God's time, which is eternity. Baseball is also spatially eschatological or infinite: in theory, a baseball field could extend forever — as center field in New York's old Polo Grounds seemed to do, except when patrolled by a higher spirit in human form who made space disappear: Willie Mays.

And let's not forget baseball and Catholic social doctrine.

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