Fort Zumwalt up to bat

Our boys baseball team faces three of the Fort Zumwalt teams this week in five tough games.


Savannah Drenc

The boys baseball team claims their pitching to be one of their best assets.

The Fort Zumwalt School District is a famous rival of several sports programs here at FHC. Whether it’s soccer or lacrosse, Fort Zumwalt is notorious for putting up a strong battle.

For this week and next week, our baseball team plays Fort Zumwalt North, West, and South. These games began on April 6 at home with a double header against FZN. And unfortunately, this was the beginning of a rocky start for our varsity team. Junior Zachary Baldi believes this poor start was corrected in the second game.

“The first [game] we played pretty bad, we didn’t have any offense. But the second game, our offense was turned on and we had good pitching,” Baldi said.

The first game was a tough loss 7-1, and the second game was a much better performance from the Spartans with a score of 14-4.

The second game was better according the senior Austin Wright, who feels that the fundamentals helped the team improve their play.

“[We] hit the ball, got on base, scored runs, made plays; the basics,” Wright said.

The battle against the Fort Zumwalt district continued later that week against FZW. Unfortunately, on April 9 and 10, our spartans lost both games 2-11 and 2-7 respectively. Junior Allen Butterfield contributes their loss to their simple flaws.

“We made a lot of errors and walks that caused us the loss,” Butterfield said.

For the team to have succeeded from the basics against FZN and then to have lost from the basics against FZW, we can predict that it will be the simple fundamentals that will win games.

Wish our Spartans good luck as they play Fort Zumwalt South on April 12 at home at 4:15. If you aren’t able to come out and support, check the Francis Howell Central activities twitter for play by play updates and the MSHSAA website for the final score and standings in the Class 5 District 7 league.