Baseball off to a perfect start

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Cassidy Vuylsteke

Matt Miller (11) celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the varsity baseball team’s tournament championship game against Vianney on March 25. OHS won 5-4.

The OHS varsity baseball team has grabbed the attention of everyone in St. Louis.

The team won its first 10 games of the season, including a tournament win. In the most recent area high school baseball rankings, OHS is fourth.

“We’ve come out hot and proved to everyone in St. Louis that we’re for real this season,” said outfielder Corey Chambliss (12). Chambliss is batting .500.

OHS had to beat St. Mary’s, Webster, and Lindbergh to get to the Mehlville/Lindbergh tournament championship against Vianney on March 25. The team won 5-4, with Brad Burton (12) contributing two runs batted in Matt Miller (11) slamming a solo home run. Justin Pike (12) struck out 10 in six innings, and Eric Hipp (12) struck out two in his inning to get the save.

“The start of the season couldn’t be going better,” Hipp said. “I want to win districts with the hope to win state.”

Explosive offense backed by solid pitching has led to the Tigers’ winning start. The team’s lineup has hit 19 doubles and six home runs, and the pitchers are led by a strong group of starters. Pike’s strikeout average is over 10 per game, while starter Bailey Vuylsteke (11) has an earned run average (ERA) of just 1.21 after three games started. Hipp and Blake Dillow (11) have provided a reliable bullpen. Dillow leads the St. Louis area with three saves.

OHS is first in the Suburban West conference but has a tough schedule coming up. The team’s next game will be against Seckman at Seckman on Thursday, April 9 at 4:15 p.m.

“We’re really looking forward to the tough games coming up,” Chambliss said. “We’re the type of team that wants to play those top teams and show everyone that we can not only compete with them but also beat them.”