Three Bulldogs had the chance to take part in the Missouri Baseball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game on Saturday, June 9.
Marty Hauck, who stepped away from the Rolla baseball team a few weeks ago, was selected to coach the Class 5 Red team, which was full of players from the eastern part of the State.
The three Rolla players selected were Davie Pound, Zeke Arthur and Levi Loughridge and all three played big roles. Loughridge started on the mound, pitching two innings, striking out three batters. After a clean first, some defensive miscues led to a couple of runs from the Blue team in the second. Loughridge went on to man first base later in the game and collected a base hit. Pound played both corner outfield positions, as well as getting some time at second base. The Rolla senior had a triple and an RBI single up the middle in the contest. Rounding things out was the Rolla backstop, Arthur. The senior catcher added two RBI singles. Unfortunately, the Blue team won the game 7-4.
"It was just a great experience," said coach Hauck after the game. "These guys had outstanding seasons and definitely deserved to be there. It was great to just be a part of it, it was a humbling experience...it was a proud moment for Rolla and a proud moment for me as a coach.
"I'm just privileged and honored to get to be a part of it," continued the former Rolla head coach. "Also, I thank the Rolla administration for allowing me the opportunity to coach."
Coach Hauck was proud to see each of his Rolla athletes have their moments to shine in a big spotlight like an All-Star Game.
"It was great for them and it proved why they were there," said coach Hauck. "Zeke did a great job behind the plate and up at the plate...Poplar Bluff had two outstanding middle infielders and they were our leadoff then our guys were the three, four and five hole hitters, so our guys were able to produce because the Poplar Bluff guys got on base.
"It was a great, competitive, close game, it was a fun atmosphere. A great experience for the kids and coaches, it was fun," continued Hauck.