Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

May 15, 2014

Brownstown's Behrends headed to Lewis and Clark

Alex McNamee
Effingham Daily News

BROWNSTOWN — Jacob Behrends took the next step in his baseball career by committing to Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey Wednesday.

The Brownstown/St. Elmo pitcher is looking forward to the move, which could be a stepping stone to a four-year college in the future.

“I think I will fit in really well because they love to win and so do I and I will be around a bunch of guys who love the same game I do,” Behrends said.

Behrends said he expects to be a top pitcher for the program and hopes to develop a couple more pitches, including a cutter and a split-finger fastball.

“I think I can bring a lot of wins for them, as long as I keep getting faster and stronger and keep working on things I need to work on to get better,” Behrends said.

Behrends said he needs to get stronger in order to throw harder and gain stamina on the mound.

Brownstown/St. Elmo head coach Ryan Beccue thinks he capable of improving in the ways he hopes to.

“His desire to compete is going to be a big benefit to him,” Beccue said. “He wanted this real bad and it was all him going out and getting it.”

Behrends joined Beccue’s squad this season when Brownstown and St. Elmo co-oped this year and has been one of the Bombers’ top pitchers.

The senior has been the staff’s ace this season, including a standout performance during fall baseball where he struck out 22 batters in seven innings in the EIC tournament against Patoka.

“He’s been real fun to have around this year,” Beccue said. “He’s the type of kid you’d like to caoch more than one year.”

Behrends said he liked the size and atmosphere of the college campus, when he visited.

The school is in the Metro-East region of Illinois, about 40 minutes from St. Louis.

Lewis and Clark head coach Randy Martz said he liked Behrends ability to throw strikes down in the zone and get hitters out.

Brownstown/St. Elmo returns to action at 4:30 p.m. today against Central A&M.

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.