Lindbergh High baseball team falls to Mehlville 7-4 in district semifinal

By Stephen Glover

Whoever coined the phrase, “It’s good to be the king,” should talk to Darin Scott, the head baseball coach at Lindbergh High School.

The Flyers (17-6, 11-3) had everything going for them.

They were the 2004 Suburban West Conference champions carrying a team batting average of .317 and a roster that was loaded with 13 seniors.

That had been their recipe to success throughout the year.

Lindbergh opened up the District No. 3 tournament against Mehlville and couldn’t muster enough runs to overcome a 5-0 deficit in the first two innings of play as the Flyers fell 7-4 to the Panthers.

“I think that the main thing for us was that we hadn’t played in a week and a half,” Scott told the Call.

“When you don’t play for that long it really throws off your bats. We just ran out of innings.”

The Flyers were held scoreless in the first five innings of the game before scoring one run in the bottom of the sixth and then three more in the bottom of the seventh.

Lindbergh starting pitcher Scott Hicks received the loss as he threw just two-thirds of an inning, in which he gave up four earned runs on four hits.

Hicks finished the season with a record of 5-1 and a 5.05 earned-run average.

“Going in we had three guys that all had five wins,” Scott said. “We could only start Scott because we didn’t have (Andrew) Spitzfaden behind the plate.”

Senior Charlie Schinsky had a solid afternoon at the plate as he went 2-4 with two runs batted in.

The Flyers’ starting third baseman carried a .333 batting average this season with 22 RBI.

“Charlie had a nice season for us at the plate,” Scott said. “We had him at third base and he battled and never took us out of the ballgame. We really relied on him a lot this year.”

Along with Schinsky, Spitzfaden and Hicks, the Flyers lose Tony Bigogno, Brock Bond, Bobby Buchmann, Adam Laury, Chris Luebbert, Jeff Malke, Tyler McElligott, Mike Mohrmann, David Ounanian and Mark Spinner to graduation.

With that being said, Scott and the Lindbergh coaching staff know that they’ve got their work cut out for them for the 2005 campaign.

“It’s going to be somewhat of a rebuilding year,” Scott said.

“We’re going to be returning seven and we’ll have some talented guys coming up next year. The fact of the matter is that we’re going to have to rebuild the program and teach these guys what we’re going to want them to do.

“It’s going to be a new challenge for our coaching staff, but I think the juniors are going to be really ready to play next year,” Scott added.