It has been 5 years in the making for Seth VonBehren, but the Maryville Saints seem to be well on their way to building a great foundation in Chesterfield, Missouri. VonBehren is in his 5th year at the helm for Maryville University and this year’s start is appearing to be one of his best teams he has put together.
5 years ago when VonBehren took over the program the Maryville Saints were lucky if they could see 20 wins in a season. Last year, VonBehren led the Saints to their 2nd 20 win season under his program, along with helping develop Maryville’s first ever drafted player, Robbie Gordon.
Gordon led a Saints program that was still developing their foot roots, and got himself known through his ability on the mound. He lit up those in the baseball industry when he threw the first ever perfect game in Maryville’s program history. Gordon was then selected by the Cardinals in the 36th round.
Flash forward now to this season the Saints are currently hitting the cover off of the ball. Hitting .370 as a team is first in the GLVC and is 3rd best in the country. Speaking with Maryville’s assistant hitting coach Bryan Niedbalski last week he mentioned the development of the Saints over the past 5 years has been the reason the rise to the top is starting to come full circle.
“We have a lot of great players who love to learn more about hitting,” Niedbalski mentioned in our conversation. Leading the GLVC in Runs (137), Doubles (41), Triples (12) and RBI’s (127) has the Saints sitting 8-5 on the young season.
Maryville has gotten off to a hot start, but I believe the Saints could be a real threat this year in the GLVC. They have taken their down years to get the right players in house. Maryville last year not only improved with a 20 win season, they also held a 3.2 GPA in the classroom.
Patience can be the name of the game in anything in life, for the Saints it has been the key to their hitting ability today. 20 wins isn’t a far reach for the Saints this year. I think 25 could be even more in conversation if the hitting stays, and I expect it to.