2018 Team Preview: Springfield Catholic Fighting Irish

Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

As we prepare for the upcoming 2018 high school season, we will be taking a
preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Springfield Catholic HS
Nickname: Fighting Irish
Class: Class 4
Conference: COC Small
Head Coach: Courtney Spitz
Years as head coach at school: 1st
Twitter Handle:
2017 Overall Record: 20-7
2017 Conference Record:
2017 Post Season Finish: Lost in Districts
Team Website:
Springfield Catholic Irish

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers
: 4
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players:

Players with 2017 Post Season Honors
Mason Dickemann, UTL, 1st Team All-State (Missouri State)
Will Duff,
SS, 2019, 2nd Team All-State (Vanderbilt)

Players to Watch
Carter Bither, SS/2B, 2020
Gage Goss, 3B, 2020
Memphys Starks, 3B/RHP, 2020 (Missouri State)
Zachary Cole, OF/P, 2019
Justin Haake, P/INF, 2018
Jeremy Rader, SS, 2021
Colin Davis

Season Outlook

 The Springfield Catholic Fighting Irish will under the direction of first year head coach Courtney Spitz. The Irish will return three position players and four pitcher from their 20-7 team a year ago. They will look for junior SS Will Duff (Vanderbilt) to be the team leader on and off the field, playing in the middle of the field defensively and hitting in the top of the lineup. Junior Zachary Cole will be a key two-way player. Cole will anchor down the outfield in center field and will be an impact arm on the mound. He could also see time at shortstop when needed. Three sophomores will have an impact on the team as well. Watch for Carter Bither to have a big impact and for Gage Gross to crack the lineup. Sophomore transfer Memphys Starks (Missouri State) will be a factor on the mound and in the order as a switch hitter. Watch for the Irish to crack the Missouri Class 4 top ranked teams and make a push in the state tournament this spring.

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