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Experience helps senior lead Rock Bridge baseball team

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | 10:04 p.m. CDT; updated 11:18 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Rock Bridge catch Wilson Pfeiffer looks back to home plate as Helias' Joe Knaup slides in safely. Pfeiffer leads the Bruins with his experience on the field and his strong voice.

COLUMBIA – Wilson Pfeiffer has never had a summer break before.

The Rock Bridge senior plays both baseball and football for the Bruins, meaning his summers are usually full of workouts, practices and games.

Thursday's game

Kirksville
at Rock Bridge (18-1)

WHEN: 5 p.m.
WHERE: Rock Bridge Field



“Last summer, honestly, I played over 100 games,” he said. “You’re kind of on the road all the time.”

“He’s played a lot of baseball,” Rock Bridge coach Justin Towe said. “He’s probably got more innings under his belt than anybody on the team.”

Towe said all the games Pfeiffer has played have made him a dependable player, one with a leader's mentality.

“He’s a guy, as coaches, you lean on because he’s been through a lot of battles,” Towe said. “We’re probably a little harder on him than most at times.”

During baseball season especially, he is the loud one, the player who is always shouting encouragement to his teammates while standing as close to the field as the dugout fence will allow. He said he has been playing with the same group of guys since he was 8 or 9, and that the role of leader was something that eventually developed.

“It’s just kind of naturally progressed that I’m the loudest one. Whether that be on the field or in the dugout, it’s just, I’m loud. I don’t try to be a leader, but if they put you in that role, then take it and run with it,” he said.

Towe said loud players who have a good time playing baseball are important to the team.

“Those guys that have a good time, they’re going to be the ones that get a little bit loud,” he said. “You don’t want those guys that just sit there like bumps on a log, you want some guys with some energy.”

But Pfeiffer isn’t just all talk. He does a pretty good job of leading by example too.

“He’s always been a really solid hitter for us,” Towe said. “That’s probably been the one part of his game that’s probably been the most stable during his three years at the varsity level.”

This fall, Pfeiffer will take his game to the next level. He has signed with the University of Arkansas and will attend school there this fall.

With high school graduation less than a month away, Pfeiffer will finally have a little bit of free time this summer.

“I’m kind of excited for this summer because now that my recruiting process is over, I’m just playing on the weekends this summer,” he said. “I’m actually going to have a summer for once.”


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