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July 18, 2012

Guthrie High players have strong presence on Legionnaires

STILLWATER, Okla. — Hayden Seifert, Blaze Hastings, Reed Roberts and Scott Pickle helped Guthrie make deep runs in the state baseball playoffs. Now the four hope to help the Stillwater Legionnaires be successful.

“We know the right way to play baseball,” Seifert said. “We play hard and keep mistakes out of your minds.”

Hastings who will be a junior this year said being a part of Guthrie’s run to the state tournament was great to be a part of.

“It was a great experience,” Hastings said. “We all played hard. It was fun to be around.”

Seifert graduated this past May and said the run was amazing and challenging.

“We had to go through McGuiness,” Seifert said. “We lost the first game and had to go through the losers bracket to come back and win. We had Bishop Kelley the first game and we lost 18-17. Being there was great and the atmosphere was great.”

Hastings said it’s fun to be reunited with Seifert and Pickle, who also graduated.

“It’s fun,” Hastings said. “I’ve always enjoyed playing with them. They play really hard and well.”

Hastings was a starting pitcher for Guthrie and played in the field. With the Legionnaires, Hastings has been used as a reliever and has played several positions in the infield. Hastings said he likes pitching the best.

“It’s fun,” Hastings said. “I get a lot of enjoyment out of it.”

Hastings said he likes watching Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals and Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals pitch because of how they play the game.

“They play hard and are good pitchers,” Hastings said. “I’ve always like the Cardinals and have grown up watching Wainwright.”

Hastings pitched three scoreless innings against Durant in the Brad Holt Memorial Tournament earlier this month. In the championship, he pitched two scoreless innings to help the Legionnaires win. The Guthrie junior said it’s different being a reliever but enjoys it.

“As long as I get to pitch I like it,” Hastings said. “I like coming into the game with it on the line. It’s a lot of pressure but it’s fun.”

Roberts, who is entering his junior year at Guthrie started at catcher most of the season. Seifert said he’s excited about what Hastings and Roberts will do in the future.

“They have a great future ahead of them,” Seifert said. “They have to stay humble. They can’t get that big head. Can’t get complacent, they have to keep growing. That’s what they are doing and that’s great.”

Seifert has started at first for the Legionnaires and is the team’s clean-up hitter. Seifert had a strong Brad Holt Memorial Tournament and won MVP. The Guthrie graduate said it’s an accomplishment that he’s proud of.

“It’s one of the better achievements,” Seifert said. “It’s an award that makes you want to play harder. You can’t be like, ‘I won MVP and I’m done.’ You got to go for the next goal.”

Seifert will play baseball at Oklahoma Baptist next spring.

Pickle, has primarily been the starting second baseman and bats in the top third of the Legionnaires’ batting order. Pickle’s speed on the basepaths has helped score a lot of runs for Stillwater.

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