Lafayette and Eureka high schools finished in the middle of the pack of the highly competitive Suburban West Conference this spring. But the Rockwood schools were both well-recognized on the all-conference team with five first-team selections each on the 24-player squad.
Lafayette, which finished fourth in the conference, had the co-Player of the Year in Will DuPont. The junior infielder led the Suburban West in four different categories. DuPont led the league in three major departments: batting average (.528); home runs (six) and RBI (35). He was also the league leader in slugging percentage (.876) and was second in both runs scored (41) and stolen bases (25).
Drue Bravo, Ryan Mansfield, Drew Gress and Khalfani Mar'Na were the other Lancers named to the first team. Bravo, a senior pitcher, was 7-1 with a 2.64 ERA. Mansfield, a senior, was named on the seven-player infield along with DuPont. Mansfield hit .402 with five homers and 30 RBI.
Gress and Mar'Na, who are both seniors, were named to the seven-player outfield. Gress hit .442 with 21 RBI while Mar'Na was a big power threat (four homers and 24 RBI) while hitting .397.
Eureka finished sixth in the nine-team conference, but had a great postseason run. Aaron Schnurbusch was named to the team as both a pitcher and outfielder. The junior was 3-1 on the mound with a sparkling 1.62 ERA. He hit .387 and drove in 21 runs. Senior infielder Tanner McKay (.409, four homers, 31 RBI), junior outfielder Josh Stephens (.397) and junior catcher Mark Hencken (.446) were also first team selections for the Wildcats.
League champion Parkway South had four first-team selections, including co-Player of the Year Danny Holst. The junior infielder hit .488 and drove in 18 runs. He also led the league in runs scored with 42.
Junior pitcher Mike Patterson led the league with eight wins on the mound with just one loss. He was the co-leader with six complete games and had a solid 2.69 ERA.
Senior John Calloway and junior Anthony Duke were the other Patriots named to the first team. Calloway, an outfielder, hit .492 and drove in 24 runs. Duke was named as a utility player after hitting .444 with 25 RBI.
Lindbergh also had four first-team selections: senior pitcher Will Spitzfaden (4-2, 3.53 ERA); junior infielder Matt Feldt (.385); junior outfielder Sean Murphy (.443 with three homers and 20 RBI) and junior designated hitter Jessie Maness (.361).
Oakville, which finished tied for second in the league with Lindbergh, had three first-team selections, including Pitcher of the Year Chad Gendron. The senior was 7-2 and led the Suburban West in ERA (1.42), innings pitched (69), complete games (six), shutouts (two), saves (two) and strikeouts (83). Gendron was also named as a utility player as he was a double-threat with five homers and 23 RBI while hitting .370. Infielder Tim Chambliss was the Tigers' other first-team selection. The junior hit .416 with three homers and 29 RBI.
Eight of the nine league teams were represented with players on the first team (Mehlville, which finished last, was the only team without one). Marquette, Northwest and Fox had one player each.
Marquette infielder Keith Grieshaber had an outstanding freshman season with a .441 average.
Senior Ryan Roth was the lone Northwest player named to the first team. The outfielder hit .381 with 22 RBI.
Catcher Brendan Grelle was Fox's representative. The junior hit .387 with three homers and 15 RBI.
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