IN THE NEWS: WARRIORS BASEBALL TEAM EXCITED FOR RETURN TO ACTION
By Jarrod Ulrey, THISWEEKSPORTS.COM
With work being done to its field, a preseason that already was unlike any other because of COVID-19 protocols was made even more challenging for the Worthington Christian baseball team.
One thing that hasn’t changed is how appreciative the Warriors have been to play this spring after last season was canceled because of the pandemic.
Worthington Christian went 10-13 overall and 3-5 in the MSL-Ohio Division in 2019 and was set to have most of its roster back last spring.
“It’s been a real blessing (to return this season),” coach Tim Kraynak said. “When we played our first scrimmage, I told the boys it had been 673 days since the last baseball game at Worthington Christian, so it was pretty surreal to be able to talk about that.
“It’s been hard over the last four or five weeks to really see what we have because we haven’t been able to get out on our field much. We’re doing some major improvements, but we’ve been able to use the turf. (When we’ve played) we were very pleased with what we saw. This is the first time we’re going to really start nine ballplayers. We’re looking forward to getting better on a continual basis.”
Returning after being contributors in 2019 are seniors Levi Hammond (P/3B) and Ethan Kraynak (CF) and junior Carson Graham (OF).
Ethan Kraynak, who is the coach’s son, scored 13 runs in 2019.
Hammond went 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 32 2/3 innings and figures to be a front-of-the-rotation starter along with junior Ashton Fulkerson, a Marysville transfer, and sophomore Connor Hendrickson. Freshman Sam Blank also should be a key pitcher.
Junior Caden Leidich is a move-in from Connecticut who will be at catcher along with sophomore David Murawski, with Leidich playing first base when he’s not behind the plate.
When they’re not pitching, Blank will be at third base and Fulkerson will be at shortstop, with Hammond and Hendrickson also being options at shortstop.
Hendrickson will be the regular second baseman, with freshman Hobie Raikes in left field, sophomore Ethan Albert in right field and junior Grant Woodfin also in the outfield.
Senior Simon Haller (OF) and sophomore Alex Wrobbel (OF) are others looking to contribute.
Read more of Jarrod Ulrey’s coverage of WC sports here, including news on the softball team.