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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 2:00 pm

As Andrew Reidt pulls on the navy blue jersey with the familiar red Cardinals logo on the chest, he accomplishes much more than simply dressing for a game.

For Reidt, who has just traveled from Missouri to Florida to begin a new journey, the simple act of putting on this particular uniform is a moment he’ll remember forever.

In fact, it’s a dream come true.

“It was surreal,” Reidt said of putting on his new jersey for the first time. “I had to sit down and soak it in for a minute.”

A 2010 graduate of Pacific High School, Reidt recently signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals organization, fulfilling a goal that millions of kids only dream about.

The son of Anda and Keith Reidt has been in minor league camp in Jupiter, Fla., since being signed on June 18. And upon his arrival for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, Reidt has been able to don the uniform of the team he’s loved his entire life.

Reidt reflected on the memorable moment he first pulled on his new uniform.

“Our jerseys are actual Cardinal jerseys, with the bird on the bat logo,” he said. “It really hit me when I took the mound for the first time in that jersey. I thought, ‘Wow, I’m really part of the Cardinals organization.’ So putting that jersey on was crazy.”

So how did Reidt end up a minor league prospect in the Cardinals organization?

It happened fast. Reidt’s last game for Cameron University in Oklahoma was May 1 and soon after, he came home to Gray Summit for the summer. He then learned from his former St. Louis Community College coach that he could try out with a Cardinals scout on Tuesday, June 17.

After throwing for the scout, Reidt wasn’t sure what would happen next.

“I went to Washington later that night to umpire a game with my dad and when I got done I checked my phone and the scout had already gotten back to me,” Reidt said. “He told me they wanted to sign me and I needed to be in Florida by Friday. It was crazy.”

So only two days after his tryout, Reidt was on a plane to Florida. He’d earned a shot with his beloved Cardinals. He then reported to the franchise’s facility in Jupiter on Friday, June 20.

Getting a chance to pitch for any professional organization would have been nice, Reidt admitted. But a chance with the Cards? Reidt called it, “unbelievable.” He’s been a Cardinals fan for as long as he can remember.

“I’ve always loved the Cardinals,” he said. “I’ve been to a ton of games over the years and it’s a sweet experience being a member of the organization now.”

Anda Reidt said the entire family has been thrilled to see Drew get a shot with the Cardinals.

“Drew admitted it was like a dream to say he’s a St. Louis Cardinal,” Anda said. “He said he’d go anywhere to play, but with it being the Cardinals, it’s even more special. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet.”

Reidt made his pro debut last Friday, June 27, at Roger Dean Stadium against the Gulf Coast Mets.

He took the mound in the third inning and broke the bat of the first batter he faced. Reidt pitched two scoreless innings and faced eight batters in his team’s 7-3 win. He threw well, allowing just one hit while striking out two. He also hit one batter, but did not give up a run in the no-decision. And he was definitely ready to pitch after watching his new team’s first seven games without seeing any action.

“I was ready, I had started to get antsy,” Reidt said. “As soon as I got out there (on the mound), I was kind of taking everything in during my warm-up pitches. It was pretty special when I was warming up, but then I locked in once there was a batter in the box. Then it felt like any other game.”

Reidt picked up his first professional victory on Monday, June 30, against the Gulf Coast Marlins. He threw two innings, allowed one run and struck out two.

Pitching for the Cardinals was something Reidt used to dream about during his stellar prep career at Pacific. Jeff Reed coached Reidt at the high school level and said he wasn’t surprised the Cardinals would give Reidt a shot.

“We always thought he had a shot because of his height and his body type,” Reed said of the 6-6, 210-pound right-handed Reidt. “It’s not surprising to me that a team would take a chance on him. He’s got size. I just hope he works hard down there and shows them that he can play at that level.”

If you ask Reidt, that’s the plan.

Reidt said he’s going to do everything in his power to make sure his career with the Cardinals isn’t a short one.

“It’s awesome just to have this opportunity, but I’m going to work my tail off down here and do my best when they give me the ball,” he said. “All I can do is work my hardest and see what happens.”

And for now, Reidt will continue to pull on that familiar jersey with the Cardinals logo on the chest, living his dream for as long as he can.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, 5:30 p.m.

McCluer North vs. Carnahan, 7 p.m.

CBC vs. Washington, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Soldan vs. Washington, 6 p.m.

Borgia vs. Union, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Normandy vs. Carnahan, 5:30 p.m.

Pacific vs. Rockwood Summit, 7 p.m.

North Tech vs. Union, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 27

CBC vs. Soldan, 6 p.m.

Borgia vs. North Tech, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North vs. Normandy, 6 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter vs. Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation, noon

Gold Consolation, 1:30 p.m.

Gold Third Place, 3 p.m.

Blue Third Place, 4:30 p.m.

Blue Championship, 6 p.m.

Gold Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Football

Week 12 Playoff Round 3

Saturday, Nov. 8

Westminster 34, Borgia 7

Lutheran North 48, Hermann 12

Week 11 Playoff Round 2

Friday, Oct. 31

Borgia 50, Union 43

Hermann 34, Brentwood 15

Cardinal Ritter 46, Cuba 28

Week 10 Playoff Round 1

Friday, Oct. 24

Battle 56, Washington 8

Borgia 42, Kennedy 6

Union 55, Pacific 7

Priory 49, Sullivan 17

Salem 50, St. James 27

Southern Boone 40, Owensville 24

Hermann 36, Transportation and Law 6

Moberly 42, Warrenton 0

O'Fallon Christian 50, Wright City 12

Cuba 30, Jefferson 0

Saturday, Oct. 25

Westminster 49, St. Clair 6

Softball

Sectional Games

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Bolivar 17, Sullivan 2

Mexico 5, Warrenton 4

Thursday, Oct. 16

Pacific 12, Rosati-Kain 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Quarterfinal — De Soto 5, Pacific 2

District Tournaments

Softball

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Northwest 11, (5) Rolla 3

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Lafayette 3, Northwest 1

(2) Eureka 4, (3) Washington 0

Monday, Oct. 13

Championship — Eureka 5, Lafayette 0

Class 3 District 3

At Lutheran South

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Affton 3, (5) Bishop DuBourg 2

(3) Pacific 21, (6) Bayless 0

Sunday, Oct. 12

(1) Lutheran South 11, Affton 1

Pacific 1, (2) Notre Dame 0

Championship — Pacific 2, Lutheran South 1

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia 9, (5) Wentzville Liberty 8

(3) Winfield 15, (6) O’Fallon Christian 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Borgia

(1) St. Dominic 12, Borgia 3

(2) Warrenton 11, Winfield 2

Championship — Warrenton 1, St. Dominic 0

Class 3 District 9

At Sullivan

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) St. James 12, (5) Owensville 3

(3) Sullivan 11, (6) St. Clair 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Union High School

St. James 10, (1) Union 5

Sullivan 5 (2) Salem 4 (8 innings)

Championship — Sullivan 11, St. James 6

Class 2 District 10

At New Bloomfield

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) New Bloomfield 5, (5) Belle 0

(3) South Callaway 9, (6) Hermann 0

Saturday, Oct. 11

South Callaway 7, (2) Linn 2

(1) Fatima 6, New Bloomfield 1

Championship — Fatima 7, South Callaway 4

Class 1 District 4

At Community R6, Laddonia

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Wellsville-Middletown 8, (5) New Haven 2

(3) Van-Far 4, (6) Community R6 2

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Clopton 13, Wellsville 0

(2) Silex 10, Van-Far 0

Championship — Silex 3, Clopton 0

Volleyball

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Eureka def. (5) Pacific 25-9, 25-16

(2) Northwest def. (7) Parkway South, 25-18, 25-12

(3) Washington def. (6) Rockwood Summit, 25-21, 25-15

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lafayette def. Eureka, 17-25, 25-14, 25-19

Northwest def. Washington, 25-22, 25-18

Championship — Lafayette def. Northwest, 25-19, 25-20

Class 3 District 8

At Union

Monday, Oct. 20

(5) St. Clair def. (4) Union, 25-20, 25-22

(2) Sullivan def. (7) Salem, 25-7, 25-8

(3) Owensville def. (6) St. James, 14-25, 25-16, 25-19

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Borgia def. St. Clair, 25-10, 25-6

Sullivan def. Owensville, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20

Championship — Borgia def. Sullivan, 25-7, 25-10

Class 2 District 6

At Lutheran St. Charles

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Barat def. (5) Wright City, 25-16, 24-26, 25-22

(2) Hermann def. (7) Bowling Green, 25-12, 25-18

(3) Whitfield def. (6) Montgomery County, 25-23, 25-17

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lutheran St. Charles def. Barat, 25-10, 25-9

Whitfield def. Hermann, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15

Championship — Lutheran St. Charles def. Whitfield, 25-18, 25-14

Class 1 District 9

At Calvary Lutheran, Jefferson City

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Smithton def. (5) Otterville, 25-12, 25-10

(3) Chamois def. (6) Bunceton, 25-23, 25-18

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) New Haven def. Smithton, 25-5, 25-7

(2) Calvary Lutheran def. Chamois, 25-14, 25-11

Thursday, Oct. 23

Championship — New Haven def. Calvary Lutheran, 25-9, 25-16

Sectional Matches Saturday, Oct. 25

Class 3

At Villa Duchesne

Villa Duchesne def. St. Dominic, 25-19, 25-13

Borgia def. Duchesne, 25-16, 25-17

Championship — Villa Duchesne def. Borgia, 25-18, 25-23

Class 1

At New Haven

New Haven def. Liberal, 25-15, 25-17

Green Ridge def. Osceola, 25-19, 25-21

Championship — New Haven def. Green Ridge, 25-16, 25-14

State Matches

Friday, Oct. 31

Class 1 Pool Play

St. Vincent def. New Haven, 25-18, 25-18

New Haven def. Santa Fe, 25-21, 25-23

New Haven splits with Winona, 15-25, 25-19

Saturday, Nov. 1

Third-place match — Santa Fe def. New Haven, 19-25, 25-17, 25-22

Championship match — Winona def. St. Vincent, 22-25, 25-13, 25-20

Boys Soccer

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 8

At Washington

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Timberland 2, (4) Washington 1 (1OT)

(2) Troy 2, (3) Holt 1 (PKs)

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship — Timberland 1, Troy 0 (2OT)

Class 3 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 27

(2) Rockwood Summit 3, (3) Pacific 1

(1) Webster Groves 7, (4) Windsor 0

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship — Webster Groves 2, Rockwood Summit 1

Class 3 District 9

At Union

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Camdenton 2, (4) Union 1 (1OT)

(2) Helias 2, (3) Rolla 1

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship — Helias 1, Camdenton 0

Class 2 District 7

At Winfield

Tuesday, Oct. 28

(1) Borgia 4, (4) Winfield 0

(3) Elsberry 2, (2) O’Fallon Christian 1

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship — Borgia 3, Elsberry 0

Tuesday, Nov. 4

Sectional — Borgia at Moberly, 6 p.m.

Class 2 District 10

At St. James

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Fatima 3, (4) St. Clair 1

(2) Sullivan 4, (3) St. James 3 (1OT)

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship — Fatima 4, Sullivan 2

Playoff Soccer

Sectional Round

Tuesday, Nov. 4

Moberly 2, Borgia 1 (PKs)

*Conference Games

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