The winter sports season has come and gone with many standouts showcasing their skills on each team here in Spartan country. Now it’s time for spring sports to give us the same excitement that this past winter was able to provide.There have certainly been numerous players with numbers that support the Spartan standout status so far this spring, but only a few have elevated their game enough to boast that “wow” factor needed to make the cut.
Leading the way is Matt Eisenhuth, a member of Ted Shipley’s powerhouse baseball program.
Eisenhuth is currently sporting a .499 batting average. He has also smacked one home run so far, while driving in 11 RBI’s. He is slugging close to .600 and putting up a .463 on base percentage.
While Eisenhuth has been tearing the cover off of the ball at the plate, offense isn’t the only facet of the game he is doing well in. The outfielder/ first baseman already has seven put-outs as well as an outfield assist. With an .800 fielding percentage, Eisenhuth can truly be looked at as an all around ball player in this early 2010 baseball season, making him a sure Spartan standout
Not to be outdone, though, Eisenhuth’s teammate, Ryan Zielinski, is trying to match the leftfielder’s stats. Zielinski is currently hitting at a very respectable .378 average. He also leads the team in home runs with two, and RBI’s, with 15.
Zielinski has also been slick in the field compiling a .944 fielding percentage.
The freshman middle infielder is showing a lot of promise for the Spartan baseball team, and standout status could be something we come to expect from the youngster.
Another great thing about a standout is that they are usually a leader, someone who thrives under pressure, picks a team up and carries it to the finish. Nobody exemplified this more this past week than Nohea King with his stellar performance on the lacrosse field.
King, a freshman, stepped up huge in the fourth quarter with his team trailing against New England College. The score was 5-0 entering the fourth, but with King’s two goals and one assist, Castleton was able to overcome the deficit for a 6-5 win in overtime.
King’s leadership was on full display as he put his team on his back and helped them get the all important W.
So there we go, spring sports are under way. Although it has been a slow start for many of the sports, there are certainly bright spots on the rosters of our teams that are heating up just as quickly as the spring air is