The Gateway Archers’ second professional season officially began last Friday as they gathered for their first practice of the year at 314 Sports Academy in Brentwood. In 2021 the Archers look to compete in regional tournaments in Indianapolis, Ames, and Champaign as well as the Beep Baseball World Series in Wichita, Kansas. 

In attendance were returning Archers Chad Dillon, Liam McCoy, Josh Sisson, Casey Scott, and Cory Sturdevant, and new Archers Rich Krussel and Kyle Borah. Rich has been playing the past few years with the Indy Edge and brings great experience to the team. Kyle brings youth– he has played in MindsEye tournaments but this is his first professional season.

Check out this video with Audio Description for an insider’s view of practice:

All players showed out well, looking to build upon everything they learned in 2020. With pitchers Ashley Rench out with an injury and Mari Blumenthal competing in a district school wrestling tournament, Coach Mike Curtis took up pitching duties for the evening. After “shaking off the rust” and getting his timing down, everyone was hitting line drives back at him.

The Archers will hold a few more indoor practices over the next 6-8 weeks before they ramp up full outdoor practices in early Spring.

Jonathan Clemons was not in attendance as well as Kim Blumenthal and Kasondra McDaniel, who were cheering Mari on at her wrestling tournament.

Thank you to Permobil Seating and Positioning for sponsoring the Gateway Archers and their indoor practices.

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