Coach: Justin McAlister
2016 record: 14-13
Starters lost: 4
Returning starters: 6
Assignment: Class 3, District 1
Notes: Kelly will look to replace four starters who helped lead the Hawks to a second straight district championship game appearance last season.
The Hawks, who lost 9-4 to district champion Scott City during the Class 3, District 2 tournament a year ago, said goodbye to starters Ty Householder, Levi Alsup, Jacob McClain and Jeremiah Bain.
Third-year head coach Justin McAlister return six starters including seniors Kyle Fitzgerald and Nathan Vincenzi, as well as juniors Wyatt Ledure, Jonathon Tyler and Mitchell Proctor and sophomore Peyton Eftink.
Both Fitzgerald and Proctor were all-conference and all-district selections. Fitzgerald led the Hawks at the plate with a .340 batting average and 25 RBIs. Proctor batted .333 with 20 RBIs.
Tyler and Vincenzi are two of the four pitchers Kelly used last year. Tyler finished the season with a 4-2 record and a 3.33 ERA. Vincenzi was 3-2 with a 3.80 ERA. Fitzgerald and freshman Grant Menz will fill out the pitching rotation.
Junior Logan Hodgkiss and freshman Devin Heuring are expected to help fill roles.
Kelly moved to Class 3, District 1 with Caruthersville, Charleston, East Prairie, Portageville and Scott City. The district tournament will be played at Hillhouse Park in Charleston, Mo.
|M.17||at Jackson||4 p.m.|
|M.24||East Prairie||4 p.m.|
|M.28||at Senath-Hornersville||4 p.m.|
|M.29||at Scott City||4:30 p.m.|
|A.1||Cape Central||12:30 p.m.|
|A.4||St. Vincent||4 p.m.|
|A.8||v. Charleston||8 a.m.|
|A.12||at Bell City||4 p.m.|
|A.27||at South Pemiscot||4 p.m.|
|A.28||v. East Prairie||5 p.m.|
|M.1||Twin Rivers||4:30 p.m.|
|M.5||at Leopold||4:15 p.m.|
|M.10||Meadow Heights||4 p.m.|