Benes Throws 16 Strikeouts In Close Eagles Victory


Monica Reyes

Junior Seth Benes is the the No. 8 ranked Class of 2023 pitcher in Missouri, according to Prep Baseball Report.

Tyler Metheney, Reporter

The Eagles varsity baseball team have had some ups and downs so far this season. They would face district rivals Fort Zumwalt North for the first time on Tuesday, April 19 making this game one that the Eagles could really use a win in.

Luckily for Liberty, junior pitcher Seth Benes fired 16 strikeouts in a game that the Eagles won 6-4. Benes was two shy of a state record for strikeouts in the game.  He pitched as fast as 92 miles per hour and even threw a 70 mile per hour curveball.

When asked about if he was paying any attention to the number of strikeouts he had, Benes said, “I knew I had a lot after the third inning but I wasn’t really thinking all that much about it. I was more focused on competition and putting the team in the best position to win.”

The Eagles not only won that game, but the next one as well against the same Fort Zumwalt team just two days later. This time it ended 4-2 in favor of the Eagles.

Seth Benes isn’t new to some impressive pitching; he is the eighth ranked pitcher for his class in the state of Missouri according to Prep Baseball Report. He has received offers from some major schools such as Missouri State, Wichita State and Saint Louis University. To his family though, success is no surprise. Benes’ father played minor league baseball and he’s had two uncles make the pros. Benes has the remainder of this season and all of next to work on his game even more and the sky’s the limit for where he can take it.