ALTON - Adam Stilts has been one of the best pitchers on an Alton Post 126 American Legion baseball team's staff that has been one of the biggest strengths of the team in the abbreviated 2020 season. On Monday night, in the first game of a doubleheader against Highland, he showed why.
Stilts used his slider to keep Highland off-balance and to get the strikeouts with, which he used effectively. And like many other players, Stilts, who pitched at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey this past spring before the college season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is very happy to be back on the field and playing again. Like other players, he was very disappointed when the season was called off.
"Well, I was actually a freshman in college," Stilts said. "And when I heard that, I was shocked. That's nothing you really think about on a daily (basis). We got a few games in at L&C."
Although the season ended up being canceled, Stilts agreed it was the right decision.
"Health first, as always," Stilts said. "That's what we've got to think of. Always health first, but when something like this happens, it's always the right call."
Still, Stilts is very happy to be back playing, and feels it's really quite a blessing to be able to play baseball.
"It's truly a blessing," Stilts said. "Whenever Doug (Booten, the Alton Post 126 manager) contacted me about the COVID league, there's no way I could say no. And I'm just speechless," he said with a smile.
For the remainder of the season, Stilts will concentrate on getting his arm stronger, which he hopes will carry over into his sophomore year for the Trailblazers.
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