Lefty Leading Rogersville Baseball

By Megan Rice | mrice@kolr10.com

Published 05/15 2014 04:16PM

Updated 05/15 2014 06:30PM

ROGERSVILLE, Mo--The Rogersville Wildcats are 20-5 this season, and ranked third in the state in Class Four.

One reason for the success has been their pitching staff.

KOLR 10's Megan Rice introduces us to their big lefty Jacob Schlesener.  

The Rogersville Wildcats want to claw their way back to the final four and leading the charge is junior pitcher Jacob Schlesener.

"You got be the bulldog out there. Always give the team a chance to win. That's always my goal is to give the team a chance to win," said Jacob Schlesener.

The lefty has a 1.077 ERA and only four earned runs allowed in 26 innings.

Proving the progression of his game.

"It's just kind of a maturity thing going over the years. I mean I had success last year but I was not where I wanted to be at."

"He is capable of handling his emotions better. He has obviously grown into the physical specimen and pitched well as well. But he has definitely matured and you can see that when he is on the mound," said Rogersville pitching coach Justin McMillin.

Helping him get to that next level: teammate and catcher Conner Pomering.

"It is a big relief knowing that he is back there cause I can bounce a curve ball in the dirt and I know he is going to block it," said Schlesener.  "It is the world of difference having such a great catcher back there."

The duo are 3-1 on the year.

With the southpaw recording a team high 26 strike outs.

"I think his greatest strengths are pounding the fast ball in the zone. Mainly on the inside part of the half cause that's where he likes to work," said catcher Conner Pomering.

And just cause I told you where he likes to pitch it.... doesn't mean you can hit it.

Which is exactly how Arkansas felt.

"I wanted to go to a place I could challenge myself and thats where I felt I am going to become the best, is at Arkansas. It is undescribable the feeling down there. It felt like home."

So while the future is bright.... the present is promising. As the team starts its chase for a state title.

In Rogersville, Megan Rice, KOLR 10 Sports.

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