Baseball Panthers hold annual winter clinic

2016 Alumni Kurt Ober and Senior Heath Zuber guiding 6th, 7th, and 8th graders through infield drills. For more photos, visit OFallonWeekly.com.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Becca Jones-Scales)

O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Panthers Baseball team recently held their annual winter clinic.

Senior Chase Hackstadt proclaimed the purpose of the clinic to be, “To help teach and mold the young baseball players of the O’Fallon community.” Hackstadt and his fellow Senior Christian Koechner have been helping lead this clinic for the past four years and both said their favorite part of the clinic is being a part of that purpose by getting to know, challenge, and play games with the kids.

To the high school players who help with the camp, it is an opportunity for off season teambuilding.

“We work hard in the off season and these guys are more than just my teammates. They’re my brothers out here,” Hackstadt said.

With his brothers on the field and future Panther Baseball players at his side, Koechner talked about his hopes for the upcoming season and what this team means to him.

“Expectations haven’t changed from last year. Hopefully we can win a State Championship… I just want to have a good time out here and make this the best season ever,” Koechner said.

The team begins their season on Wednesday, March 15, when they take on Alton Marquette on the road at 4:30 p.m.