“It’s kind of crazy” SEMO baseball seniors look ahead to final home series

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – When Andrew Keck came to Southeast Missouri State as a freshman, the speed of the game was unlike anything he had experienced before.

“Coming in here, I started off a little slower than I would have liked,” Keck said. “I don’t think I was ready for the speed of Division 1 baseball.”

But this weekend, Keck and the rest of the seniors on the SEMO baseball team will play their final games at Capaha Field.

“It’s kind of crazy. I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet,” Keck said. “I don’t think it will until after the series and maybe a couple weeks on the road. I’ve played a lot of games on this field and put a lot of blood, sweat and tears on the field. I’m sure it will choke me up some time but it hasn’t hit yet.”

Sixth-year senior Tyler Wilber used his extra year of eligibility to return this season. He feels that he is prepared to handle the emotions because he thought last season may have been his last, and there are still three more games left in the regular season after this weekend.

“I think it’ll be a little bit different here because there’s still that extra series after our last games here,” he said. “I think that’ll help keep the focus down the road a little bit and really focus on finishing it off.”

Both players have been four-year starters and led the Redhawks to the NCAA Tournament in 2021.

“Both of those guys have been really good players for a long time,” head coach Andy Sawyers said. “For those guys to play the role they have for our team for a long time, they’ve been special kids not only as baseball players but also as humans. We’re sure going to miss them when they’re gone.”

Missed for sure, but the memories made will last a lifetime.

The Redhawks open their series with UT Martin Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m.

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