Edwardsville High School center fielder and leadoff hitter Dylan Burris set a single-season school record with his seventh triple in a game April 24 at Wesclin.
The previous record for triples in a season at Edwardsville was six, set by Chad Opel in 1998 and Dave Slemmer in 1991. Burris, who has seven triples in his last 11 games, is batting .500 (35-for-70) with nine doubles, two home runs, 23 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.
He collected his eighth triple of the season last Thursday in a win over Collinsville.
“It came in Game 18; we weren’t even halfway through the season,” Tigers coach Tim Funkhouser said of Burris’ seventh triple. “It’s a combination of him having a good swing and being extremely fast. Once he hits the ball, he gets out of the box thinking three (bases) no matter where it’s hit on the field.
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“He plays the game hard and puts a lot of pressure on the defense. To hit triples, you have to have the combination of power and speed, and Dylan is that guy.”
Burris was 7-for-9 with two doubles, two triples and five RBIs last week.
Belleville West (15-6, 9-0), ranked second in the Belleville News-Democrat’s Large-School poll, will play host to Edwardsville (17-3, 7-2), ranked third, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in a key Southwestern Conference game. The Maroons defeated the Tigers 4-3 on April 6 in Edwardsville.
West has won 10 in a row, while Edwardsville has won its last seven.
“Belleville West made it through (the SWC) unscathed the first time through,” Funkhouser said. “I think it will be a real competitive second round. I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out. They’re a very competitive squad. They like to compete, they’ve got good players and they’re coached well. I think our guys look forward to the challenge.
“Our goal would be, the last week of the season, to have a chance to win the conference. We’ve been playing pretty well lately and I think the guys are gaining some confidence.”