BY SAM SCINTA WEEKLY REPORTER
O’FALLON – O’Fallon Gold Summer Baseball team continued its romp through their schedule this past week, grabbing a pair of wins against tough competition. The Panthers knocked off the Rhino North 18U team 9-8 in what turned out to be a whacky, high scoring affair.
The normally stingy Panther pitching staff got roughed up on a day where the ball seemed to really drive, but fortunately for the Blue and Gold, the bats were there to pick them up. Three different hitters, Caleb Shelton, Quinn Lowery, and Joe Guithues contributed two hits apiece in winning an affair where every last bit of offense was needed.
A few days later, the Panthers returned to the diamond to take on the Leathernecks 18U team. The dominant O’Fallon pitching that had defined the summer season so far returned to the mound in the form of star pitcher Jasyn Miller, who gave his bullpen a day off en route to a 7-1 complete game effort.
Another piece of good news from that contest was the offense, which rode the bats of Logan Boente and Joe Guithues. Guithues remained hot, adding three more hits to raise his two game total to five, while Boente also went 3-3. The win moved O’Fallon Gold to 23-8.
2011 OTHS graduate and OTHS Baseball Alum Austin Bossart continues to impress within the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Bossart, who was recently promoted to High-A Clearwater, caught his first professional no-hitter, when three Thrashers pitchers combined to hurl 9 hitless innings against the St. Lucie Mets. It was the first 9 inning no-hitter for Clearwater in a decade.
Highly touted Phillies pitching prospect Drew Anderson made the start in his Florida League debut, while Will Morris and Victor Arano finished the feat in relief. Anderson’s day was ended early after a rain delay forced Clearwater Manager Chris Tuby to pull the prized prospect.
“This is the first one [I’ve caught], and this is a pretty special moment for the team. This was a team no-hitter, and a team effort, and was really awesome to be a part of,” Bossart told MiLB.com.
2009 Alum and current OTHS Summer Gold coach Jon Levin announced on Thursday that he will be joining McKendree University as an assistant coach for the Bearcat baseball program.
Levin said he can’t wait to get started and will join current head coach and former Edwardsville Tiger Danny Jackson’s staff in Lebanon this coming season.