Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Coming off an all-conference junior season, senior Oday Al-Yatim has improved his numbers in every way, and leads the Hazelwood West Wildcats in batting average, hits, RBIs, and on-base percentage.
Even after delivering a first-team all-conference season last year as the starting catcher for the Hazelwood West High School varsity baseball team, senior Oday Al-Yatim just wasn't satisfied. Nevermind he hit .342 and had 17 runs batted in, for a team that made it to the district championship game. He was also selected as the designated hitter for the Suburban North Conference all-star team last year. Al-Yatim spent the entire offseason believing he didn't really play his best his junior year, and that he needed to have a big senior season if he really wanted to showcase his talents. "That's just the kind of kid Oday is," said Hazelwood West head coach Matt McClellan. "He's an unbelievable hard-worker. He works on every aspect of his game…
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Wildcats storm back from early deficit to knock off St. Dominic, a team that had won 10 straight games before Friday's tournament matchup in O'Fallon.
O'FALLON -- The early part of Friday's Ft. Zumwalt North Invitational Tournament (FZN Tourney) opening game at Westhoff Park, began as many others had for tourney favorite and No. 3 ranked area small school baseball team, St. Dominic High. The Crusaders turned a walk, a stolen base, and two basehits into a 2-0 lead in the second inning, and were getting dominant pitching from ace starter Jacob Wehde. But then a funny thing happened on the way to another St. Dom easy win. The opponent on the field, the Hazelwood West Wildcats, remembered they are Hazelwood West and they don't give up so easily. And boy did the Wildcats remember in a big way, scoring five runs in the fifth inning, and six more in the seventh, to completely blow away the …
The Wildcats storm back from early deficit to win 11-4, and hand St. Dominic its first loss since March.
O'FALLON -- Hazelwood West High School trailed St. Dominic until the team caught up scoring five runs in the fifth inning, and six more in the seventh, to blow away the third-ranked team in the city, 11-4, and hand St. Dominic its first loss since March. Remember you can like Hazelwood Patch on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HazelwoodPatch. Don't forget to visit Twitter: twitter.com/HazelwoodPatch, or signup for the Hazelwood Patch newsletter here.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Known better for their pitching talents, cousins Brendan and Jared Fosdick have also been dynamite at the plate for the Wildcats this season.
Winning on the baseball diamond has become a family affair at Hazelwood West High School. Head coach Matt McClellan is the brother of St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Kyle McClellan, who also attended Hazelwood West and graduated in 2002. Last year's star player was Trevor Jones, a speedy outfielder and two-time all-conference selection for the Wildcats, just like his older brother Nate was a few years ago. And this season, it's a pair of cousins, Brendan and Jared Fosdick, that has led Hazelwood West to a 7-4 record and to within a half-game of first place in the Suburban North Conference standings this season. "It's great having them on the team," McClellan said. "They're an important part of what we do, and they're good leaders for …
Saturday, April 14, 2012
The Pirates survive marathon ballgame against the Wildcats in an early-season Suburban North Conference showdown, thanks to senior Matt Wilkes' ninth-inning, game-winning double.
Just about every time one of the teams from Pattonville High School squares off against one of the teams from Hazelwood West High School, no matter what the sport, there's a pretty good chance the result is going to be some kind of dynamite athletic competition, that won't be decided until the game's final moments. Automatic Rivalry That's what happened when the Pirates and Wildcats met in boys and girls basketball, football, soccer, and swimming this year. So it should be no surprise that on Thursday afternoon, at West's Beckemeier Baseball Field, the teams waged another fantastic battle in their longtime athletic rivalry. And this time, it was the Pirates who came out on top, claiming a nine-inning, 5-4 victory over the Wildcats, in a …
Take a looks at photo's from Thursday's baseball meetup between Hazelwood West and Pattonville high schools. Slideshow: Hazelwood West vs. Pattonville in First Place Suburban North Conference Meetup
The Pattonville Pirates should be exhausted. They had to work hard to take the win away from the Hazelwood West Wildcats on Thursday. The game went two extra innings, with both teams having chances to win it in either of the extra frames. In the end the Pirates came out on top, claiming a nine-inning, 5-4 victory over the Wildcats, but not without some great plays and hits from both teams. Check out the photos to see what we're talking about. Can the Wildcats take it all the way and end up on top in Suburban North Conference play?
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Healthy and on the mound again, senior Brendan Fosdick tosses a complete-game shutout to lead Wildcats past the visiting Stars.
Not even a pesky early-inning rainstorm could put a damper on the first home game of the season for the Hazelwood West baseball team, which took on rival McCluer North, Thursday afternoon at Beckemeier Field. The Wildcats, a new and improved bunch over last year's 14-13 club, withstood the intermittent rains, and with a bit of clutch hitting, some terrific defense, and a sensational pitching performance by senior Brendan Fosdick, easily dispatched the visiting Stars for a 6-0 win. "It was a good win for sure," said West head coach Matt McClellan. "I thought we played a pretty good game all the way around." Especially on the mound, where Fosdick simply mowed down McCluer North, with a brilliant complete-game effort, in which he allowed no…
Friday, February 24, 2012
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, six points was as close as they would get, as De Smet lead 63-50 with just over two minutes left in the game.
CHESTERFIELD – The De Smet boys basketball team earned the right to defend its 2011 district championship, Wednesday evening at Parkway Central High School, with a convincing 72-52 MSHSAA Class 5 District 4 semifinal win over Hazelwood West High School. The Spartans, the No. 7 ranked team in the area and clear favorites to win their second straight district title, took control of Wednesday’s contest with a 15-4 run late in the second quarter that turned a close ballgame against the Wildcats into a 10-point halftime advantage for De Smet. And despite Hazelwood West’s best efforts to cut into that edge, the Wildcats never could get close enough to really challenge the Spartans’ superiority. “I was really proud,” said De Smet head coach Kevin…
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Wildcats boys dominate Pattonville to advance to second round, while Wildcat girls fall in first round to Parkway Central.
CHESTERFIELD – The MSHSAA district playoffs began with a bang and a bang-out, for the Hazelwood West High School boys and girls basketball teams Monday afternoon at Parkway Central High School. Wildcat Boys Battle Pattonvile The Wildcat boys enjoyed a convincing 71-51 win over Suburban North Conference rival Pattonville, while the West girls, due in part to some questionable officiating calls late in the fourth quarter, saw their season come to an end with a 51-46 loss to Parkway Central. Seniors T.J. Ross and Kane Ledguies were the big stars in the boys win, as Ross led all scorers with a game-high 24 points, including several spectacular driving layups, and Ledguies added 17 points, sparked by a career-high five three-pointers. “It was a…
Monday, January 9, 2012
Nearly every player on the Wildcat roster scores in 54-37 road win, as the team still searches for right combinations.
OVERLAND – Facing a fired-up, packed house in a visiting gym might not seem like the right place for a suddenly struggling team to find its place in the middle of a season. But those circumstances seemed to bring out the best in the Hazelwood West boys basketball team, as it traveled to Ritenour High’s Costilow Field House Friday night, for a critical Suburban North Conference game. And sure, it took a while for the Wildcats to get going, but once they did, there was no stopping them in what proved to be an impressive 54-37 win over the Huskies. “I wasn’t happy with how we played coming out of Carbondale,” said West High head coach Cary Lewis Jr. “We went 2-2 up there, and we played some really good competition, so I really thought we’d …