Redmond baseball: Pudwill remembers his senior class

Redmond baseball's head coach, Dan Pudwill, had six seniors on the varsity team this year who recently played their final game in a Mustang uniform. The Reporter caught up with Pudwill and asked him to share his thoughts on the stellar senior class of 2010.

The Mustang baseball senior class of 2010. Clockwise

Redmond baseball’s head coach, Dan Pudwill, had six seniors on the varsity team this year who recently played their final game in a Mustang uniform. The Reporter caught up with Pudwill and asked him to share his thoughts on the stellar senior class of 2010.

Josh Bircher, 2B: “He was our spark plug. He was what made us go, leading off and getting on base. Defensively, he was all-world despite what might have happened in the state tournament.”

Ryan Beliel, C/P: “The guy is always battling some sort of ailment between his knees or his hips, and he was sick as a dog over the state tournament weekend and still caught a game and a half. He plays on guts and guile, and finds a way to get it done.”

Colin O’Brochta, OF: “He gave us some good, important innings throughout the regular season to ensure that we won games that we should have. He rounded our defense solidly in the outfield, didn’t swing the bat like he wanted to, but he found ways to contribute and understood his role.”

Chad Hui-Peterson, INF/P: “He’s a model of hard work and determination. He just had a tough-luck season, in the third week of the season during practice he tore his meniscus and worked like the dickens to get back for Senior Night. He did get back and contributed to that comeback victory over Skyline, and played solid third base after Patrick McGrath got injured in the Kingco Championship game.”

Alex Whitaker, OF: “Although he didn’t get to play a lot, he really provided us with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. The kids enjoyed having him around… he the first one to practice and showed up every day. When he did get into the game, he did swing the bat pretty well for us.”

Matt Kimmel, OF/P: “His sheer athleticism is amazing to watch in the outfield, the range that he had and the ability to throw it on-line. We tried to find a good spot for him in the order, he got hot a little bit during the season… and he did a great job coming out of the bullpen as our closer. He’s our only three-year Varsity returner on the team this year.”


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