Rakers turns in strong junior year for Wildcats

By: 
Theo Tate

Montgomery County catcher Ethan Rakers attempts to make a throw against Bowling Green earlier in the season. Rakers was one of the Wildcats’ top players this spring, throwing two no-hitters and earning first team all-Eastern Missouri Conference honors. THEO TATE PHOTO

After helping the Montgomery County basketball team finish with an outstanding season that included Eastern Missouri Conference and district championships this winter, Ethan Rakers was looking forward to playing his favorite sport this spring – baseball.

“It’s pretty fun,” the MCHS junior catcher/pitcher said. “I love this game. It’s the game I wanted to play.”

From the season opener against Pacific on March 22, Rakers was an outstanding performer behind the plate, on the mound and at the plate for the Wildcats’ baseball team. He threw two no-hitters, earned first-team all-Eastern Missouri Conference honors as catcher and had several multiple-hit games, including a season-high three against Bowling Green on April 13.

Rakers’ junior season ended on a down note as the Wildcats lost to Elsberry 4-1 in the Class 3, District 6 championship game on May 20. He was the losing pitcher in that contest.

“It was pretty tough,” Rakers said. “We were a very young team. Most people doubted us and everything because we were young and we weren’t going to make it very far and everything.”

Rakers helped the Wildcats win 10 games, the fifth straight season they finished in double digits in victories.

“It was a really good year for our program,” Rakers said. “It’s sad that we’re losing two seniors who were very close to me and everything. As for our future for next year, we had quite a few younger underclassmen here watching us in the district finals. I think our culture is going to be good for next year.”

Rakers played his second season with the MCHS baseball team this spring. When he was a freshman, he was a member of the squad that went to the Class 3 Final Four for the first time in program history.

“That was crazy,” Rakers said. “I have never had that kind of experience before. I enjoyed being a part of that team and working with the leaders who were on that team.”

The following season, Rakers didn’t play any baseball due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We had hopes of going back to the Final Four again last year,” Rakers said. “That was tough because we graduated like 10 seniors, four of them committed to play baseball somewhere.”

Rakers, who also was named to the academic all-state baseball team this spring, plans to continue playing baseball this summer for the Central Missouri Phenom in Jefferson City. He started playing the sport when he was a little boy.

“As a young age, my dad got me playing baseball and I always had a passion for it,” Rakers said. “I love the game and I grew up having a bunch of buddies who played. It was always just a good time to go out and play.”

 

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