Doennig takes over Webb City baseball program

Webb City hires Andrew Doennig as the school's head baseball coach.

WEBB CITY, Mo. – Andrew Doennig has been an assistant coach for Webb City baseball for the last nine years.

“I’ve grown to really love this place,” Doennig says, “The amount of support you get from this town and this administration for sports is unbelievable, and the kids are great. Kids in Webb City will compete as hard as anybody around the state of Missouri, I guarantee you.”

Now, Doennig gets the chance to lead the baseball program, with the school district elevating him to head coach.

He takes over a program – like most other programs at Webb City – that has high expectations every season.

“If you didn’t have pressure, it wouldn’t be such a great job,” Doennig says of taking the job, “The pressure to win is obviously great, but we have great kids and our coaching staff is really good. We just ask our kids to show up every day and work hard and get better every day. Hopefully that amounts to wins in the spring.”

Doennig takes over for Flave Darnell, who won his 300th game as a head coach earlier this year.

Webb City is coming off a 19-16 season. They made it all the way to the state quarterfinals before seeing their season come to an end.

“We have a good group of seniors coming back. The expectations are going to be high after making the state quarterfinals. We have some good juniors coming back and our sophomore group is really big and they’re a good group as a whole.”

“We believe games are won and lost on the mound,” Doennig says of his philosophy, “We want our pitchers to be really good, and we want to play great defense. We’re going do a lot of things. We’re going to bunt and we’re going to run. Obviously if we have guys who can hit it out of the ballpark, we will, but you can’t count on that in high school baseball. We’re going to do the little things right.”