Maybe shortstop Michael Liberto won’t be the last Missouri Tiger standing.■ Tepesch eyes spot as Missouri's ace next year (Examiner.com)
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Missouri Coach Tim Jamieson said he had previously spoken to his draft-eligible Tigers about what it would’ve taken for them to go pro.
“It affects our whole ballclub,” Jamieson said Tuesday. “It affects scholarships, not only for these guys, but all the guys we signed in high school and junior college coming in next year. So we have to kind of have a feeling for what they’re going to do or what it’s going to take for them to sign.”
Now that the year is over, with Gibson graduated (and drafted), Tepesch is in line to become the Tigers’ ace for the 2010 season. Tepesch thinks he has an opportunity to earn that distinction.
“It’s just going to come down to whoever performs better,” he said. “It’s my goal.”
Tepesch is working toward that goal, playing on a summer league team in Cape Cod, Mass. While there, he’s working on a few things for next year.
“I’m trying to be more consistent and give my team a chance to win and be a better pitcher, in general,” he said. “I have a lot to improve on. I’m just trying to get better.”
■ Cotuit wins a pitchers duel in 10 innings (Falmouth Commodores blog)
The Commodores had a chance to take the lead in the top of the 9th, but some bad
luck slowed the threat.
Falmouth had runners on first and second with one down and Matt Grasso at the plate. The Notre Dame student looped a pitch to shortstop for an easy out. But on the swing, Conner Mach (the runner at second) took an extra step toward third. Mach (Missouri) quickly realized the mistake and tried to race back to second. But on his way back to the base he slipped and fell, and it turned into an easy double play for Cotuit.
The bad luck started long before the 9th inning for Mach.
On the ride to Cotuit, Mach’s equipment bag fell out of the bus when the storage door on the bottom of the bus popped open. Mach played the entire game with someone else’s gear – and that includes cleats.