Redbirds player from 1997-2002, currently is owner and operator of St Louis Redbirds Baseball, 314 Tournaments, and 314 Training Academy. During his playing career Basta won 4 league MVP's, was a 5 time all star, and 3 time all state player at Marquette High School. After graduating he went on the play Meramec CC, South Alabama University, and Missouri Baptist University. After graduating E.j. played for the Gateway Grizzles and Rockford Riverhawks of the Frontier League.