Recently-graduated St. James Tiger earns baseball scholarship at Missouri Valley.
Storm Declue had a day to make his case for continuing his baseball career.
He certainly made the most of it.
Declue, a senior from St. James High School, attended the one-day tryout day that the Missouri Valley College baseball team put on last month and earned a baseball scholarship.
Now Declue has a spot on the Missouri Valley 2014-15 baseball roster as a freshman pitcher.
Declue is coming off a steady, if not spectacular, senior campaign for the St. James baseball squad.
For the Tigers he pitched in four games - making one start - and had a 1-1 overall record with a 4.32 ERA over 11.3 innings, allowing seven earned runs and nine hits while walking 11 and fanning 14.
St. James finished 10-15 overall and tied for third in the Four Rivers Conference race.
Declue said he had his college choices narrowed to two schools - Missouri Valley and Central Missouri.
And on May 22 Missouri Valley had its baseball tryout day and Declue went to Marshall, Mo. to try his hand.
“I showed up in the morning and they had us hit and field and pitch,” Declue said. “What impressed them was my pitching.
“God blessed me that day.”
After the tryout Declue went back home, not knowing their decision.
“I got home that night, checked the email and saw that I got a scholarship for baseball,” Declue said. “I just flipped out. I called the (head coach) the next day.”
St. James baseball head coach Marty Hauck is happy for his former player.
“He went up for an open tryout and impressed the coaches and got a scholarship,” Hauck said of Declue. “It is great for our team and program to see another player get signed to go play college baseball.
“Storm has improved so much in his time here. His determination and hard work is endless and will take him far.”
Declue said Missouri Valley Viking baseball head coach John McEachern indicated that he would be prepped to be a starting pitcher.
This summer Declue, who plans to major in athletic training at Missouri Valley, said he plans to keep his arm loose and has started on the arm workout plan the school gave him.
“The head coach told me he wants to put me on a special pitching workout plan,” Declue said. “In one or two years he thinks I could be their No. 1 (starter).”