Coach: Brian Becker
2016 record: 9-17
Starters lost: 4
Returning starters: 5
Assignment: Class 4, District 1
Notes: The new pitch count rule will effect every high school baseball team to a certain degree and Dexter is no different. Although head coach Brian Becker thinks one of his strengths will be his depth on the mound which could make the restrictions easier to handle.
The Bearcats return four pitchers from last season's 9-17 season and will add a new arm to their rotation.
The new pitch count rule that was adopted by the Missouri State High School Activities Association in December limits the number of pitches a player can throw based on grade and rest days.
Though they have four returning pitchers, including seniors Hunter Parrott and Riley Mason and juniors Spencer Owens and Landon Henson as well as newcomer junior Clay Mullins, that are all expected to eat up innings, the Bearcats are without a staff ace.
Becker is hoping one of his guys steps into that role as the season goes.
"We have several kids that return with experience on the mound," he said. "That will prove to be important given the new pitch count restrictions that are in place this season. It is essential that you have depth. but right now I'm looking for someone to step up and be the ace. We will see how that goes as the season progresses."
At the plate, Dexter returns its two leading hitters, Jason Jarrell and Owens, who were both all-district selections last season. Jarrell was also an all-conference player.
Jarrell, a senior catcher, led the team with a .384 average while Owens finished at .312.
Offense was a struggle for the Bearcats last season, but Becker hopes after a year of growth that area will improve.
"The big key for us will be our performance at the plate," Becker said. "We struggled as a team last year but part of that was because of our youth. They are another year stronger and most of them have matured enough to handle that bat a little better."
Dexter lost infielders Chandler Young, Jacob Pedigo and Cody Pullum as well as outfielder Tyler Heil to graduation.
The Bearcats will compete in Class 4, District 1 along with New Madrid County Central, Fredericktown, Kennett, Notre Dame, Perryville and Sikeston. The tournament will be held at Notre Dame High School.
They will also rely on their SEMO Conference schedule to prepare them for the postseason.
"Once again we are in the always competitive SEMO Conference," Becker said. "I feel it's one of the best conferences top to bottom anywhere around. Our district tournament will have a couple of new teams (Sikeston and NMCC) which only makes an already tough district even tougher."
|Carson Bell||Fr. OF|
|M.18||v. Cooter||10 a.m.|
|M.18||v. Clearwater||2 p.m.|
|M.21||at Malden||4 p.m.|
|M.25||v. Oran||10 a.m.|
|M.25||v. Valle||2 p.m.|
|M.28||at Cape Central||4 p.m.|
|M.30||at Neelyville||4 p.m.|
|A.3||at Campbell||6 p.m.|
|A.5||at Notre Dame||4:30 p.m.|
|A.6||Scott City||4 p.m.|
|A.8||v. Perryville||12 p.m.|
|A.8||v. Ste. Genevieve22 p.m.|
|A.10||at Sikeston||4:30 p.m.|
|A.17||at Poplar Bluff||4:30 p.m.|
|A.18||at Jackson||4 p.m.|
|A.22||v. Valle||10 a.m.|
|A.24||at Doniphan||4 p.m.|
|A.28||SEMO Conference Tourn.||TBA|
|M.5||Twin Rivers||4 p.m.|