Super Soph McGehee Named All-Metro

 

Dylan McGehee gets a hit against Bayless in April. He led the Eagles with a .594 average. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently named Dylan McGehee of Brentwood High School as one of the four best sophomore baseball players in the St. Louis area.

The newspaper’s sports staff chose McGehee to be on its 2012 All-Metro third team, as an infielder. A total of 49 players were named to the first, second and third teams. Only four are sophomores; the rest are juniors or seniors. McGehee, a first baseman, recently completed his sophomore year at BHS.

The Post-Dispatch called McGehee “a hitting machine.” He batted .594 this past spring, with a .797 slugging percentage and a .641 on-base percentage. His seven doubles, two triples, one home run and 14 stolen bases produced 32 RBI and 18 runs. With 69 at-bats, he led the team in hits (41), singles (31) and RBI. Seven teammates had more strikeouts than he did.

His poise at the plate helped the Eagles make the state playoffs for the second year in a row. They won the Class 2, District 5 title before losing the sectional.

McGehee showed mental toughness when he hit the Eagles’ only home run of the season in the district championship against Valley Park. In the final inning, he iced the 7-3 victory with a 360-foot blast over the center field fence at Brentwood Park. It was his third hit of the game and the first homer of his high school career. “Oh my goodness, that was a bomb,” proclaimed teammate Kevin Smith after the game. “Heck of a time to do it. I really felt like that sealed the game.”

The victory over Valley Park sent Brentwood into the playoffs for the second year in a row but only the second time since 1994.

“Dylan McGehee has been Dylan McGehee all year; he’s the most steady hitter we’ve had,” said Brentwood coach Mike Imergoot after winning the district title. “I say he’s the most outstanding hitter in the conference. He’s fourth in the area in hitting and he didn’t hurt himself with three hits today. And he’s a sophomore. He’s a really solid baseball player. He has all the ability in the world and he’ll learn the game more as he plays it. The sky is the limit for him; I see him playing in college.”

McGehee was also a starter on last year’s team, as a freshman. He ranked third on the team in hits, RBI and batting average (.423).

Imergoot said he’s considering using McGehee as a pitcher next year, since three of his starters are graduating and one is moving away. Kevin Smith, Jesse Sneed and Jake Caragher graduated and Ryan Vogeli is moving back to Michigan this summer.

“I may pitch him next year,” Imergoot said of McGehee. “He’s got good stuff.”

Dylan McGehee was named All-Metro as an infielder. He played first base for Brentwood. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

2012 St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro teams

All-Metro First Team
Player of the year: Tate Matheny, sr., Westminster
Pitcher of the year: Sam Hopkins, sr., O’Fallon
Pitcher: Gerrion Grim, sr., Fort Zumwalt South
Pitcher: Ben Lovell, jr., Westminster
Pitcher: Alex Winkelman, sr., Crystal City
Catcher: Austin Allen, sr., Chaminade
Catcher: Jake Henson, sr., Francis Howell Central
Infielder: Brendan DePoy, jr., Columbia
Infielder: William DuPont, sr., Lafayette
Infielder: Zach Faulkner, sr., Festus
Infielder: Keaton Wright, jr., Triad
Outfielder: Michael Bozarth, sr., Parkway North
Outfielder: Clayton Evans, sr., Summit
Outfielder: Danny Holst, sr., Parkway South
Outfielder: Lex Kaplan, jr., Ladue
Utility: Colton Howell, sr., Fort Zumwalt West
Designated hitter: Dylan Johnson, sr., Triad

All-Metro Second Team
Pitcher: Griff Goodrich, sr., Kirkwood
Pitcher: Ty Lewis, sr., Triad
Pitcher: Ray Bailey, jr., Alton
Pitcher: Teddy Rule, sr., Vianney
Catcher: Brent Gibbs, jr., Alton
Infielder: Willie Floros, sr., SLUH
Infielder: Shane Benes, so., Westminster
Infielder: Matt Feldt, sr., Lindbergh
Infielder: Peter Fairbanks, sr., Webster Groves
Infielder: Braxton Martinez, sr., Francis Howell North
Outfielder: Nolan Sponsler, sr., Chaminade
Outfielder: Aaron Schnurbusch, sr., Eureka
Outfielder: Derek Page, sr., Edwardsville
Outfielder: Mitch Carriger, jr., Highland
DH: Kevin Phillips, sr., University City
Utility: Ryan Strohm, sr., Lutheran South

All-Metro Third Team
Pitcher: Tommy Anderson, jr., Alton Marquette
Pitcher: Robert Plohr, jr., CBC
Pitcher: Matt Hasenbeck, sr., Eureka
Pitcher: Joey Schenck, sr., Summit
Catcher: Eric Kroupa, sr., Parkway South
Infielder: Dylan McGehee, so., Brentwood
Infielder: Luke Stewart, sr., Collinsville
Infielder: Matt Brown, jr., Vianney
Infielder: Eli Dilday, so., O’Fallon Christian
Infielder: Danny Mannion, jr., Marquette
Outfielder: Peter Jackson, sr., McCluer North
Outfielder: Corey Beyersdorfer, sr., O’Fallon
Outfielder: Petey Spradlin, sr., Vianney
DH: Sam Gieg, sr., Lutheran South
DH: Nic Perkins, so., Francis Howell
Utility: Spencer Pugh, sr., Orchard Farm

Following is a link to the Post-Dispatch article: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/high-school/all-metro/baseball/

Here’s a familiar scene: Dylan McGehee (left, against Principia) digging for first base while a teammate (Kevin Smith) runs in to score from third. McGehee led the team with 32 RBI. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

 

Dylan McGehee rounds third base with a green light from coach Mike Imergoot against Maplewood.It was one of 18 runs McGehee scored this past season. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

3 thoughts on “Super Soph McGehee Named All-Metro

  1. Hey, that is my neighbor across the street and I’m proud to know him and his family. With his stats, he should have been on All-Metro First Team. That is the way to hustle Dylan. Next season hit one for the Jack.

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    1. Dylan kicks a soccer ball almost as far as he hits a baseball. And his brothers all play sports, too. From fall through spring, there’s always at least a couple of McGehees on Brentwood teams.

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  2. WTG Dylan!!! We are all so proud of you and your sports prowess, but take it easy on your Grandpa Leon on your next Golf Outing.

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