HANNIBAL | The Hannibal-LaGrange University baseball team signed four new players for its 2021 team this week.
The four student-athletes committing to HLGU include pitcher Logan Boughton, pitcher/infielder Hunter Brandt, pitcher/infielder Trent Geiler and pitcher/outfielder Thomas Stickel.
HLGU baseball coach Ben Strother said these four hurlers will improve the Trojans' pitching staff.
“In the big picture, we have increased in all areas as a team the past several years, but the greatest need moving forward is on the mound,” Strother said. “These young men have a world of upside potential.”
Boughton comes from Cottleville and played for Francis Howell Central. He enjoys participating in athletics because it helped him to develop a competitive mindset that he will take into his work environment.
Boughton was one of the top arms on the Francis Howell Central pitching staff during his high school career.
“Logan comes to us a big potential freshman arm,” Strother said. “He has great off-speed (pitches) and has the attitude needed as a pitcher to be successful at this level. We anticipate great things from Logan, he is a hard worker with a laser focus on the mound.”
Brandt comes to HLGU from Southern Illinois, where he attended South Central High School. In high school, Brandt excelled both on the mound and as an infielder.
Geiler also comes from Illinois, and is from Kinmundy, where her attended Farina South Central High School. He is a right-handed pitcher who can also play third base and catcher.
Over the summer, Geiler playerd in the Florida Gulf Coast League and plans on majoring in education at HLGU.
“Hunter and Trent are both from a much smaller community in south central Illinois, but their home has a strong heritage and reputation as a baseball hotbed,” Strother said. “Both Hunter and Trent will also see time as infielders, most likely at shortstop and third base.”
Stickel comes from Canada, where he attended Lambrick Park Secondary School in Victoria, British Columbia. He is a 6'3” right-handed pitcher who can also play the outfield and plans on majoring in business at HLGU.
Strother said Stickel is a great addition who throws from a lower arm slot and will help the Trojans' bullpen out.
“(Stickel) has a funky delivery on the mound, giving us a different look,” Strother said. “We see him growing into a solid reliever role. He has a learner attitude and will fit very well with the composition of our team.”
HLGU finished with a 7-12 record last season before the season was canceled in mid-March. The Trojans finished 20-32 in their last full season in 2019.
Strother said these four players are the final additions to HLGU's strongest recruiting class in many years.
“We are adding athleticism, strength on the mound and a group of young men whom we anticipate will buy into our mission as a university and baseball program, (which is) the pursuit of the wholehearted excellence for Christ on the athletic field,” Strother said.