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Press photo by Linda RothrockAndrew Brett got off to a slow start, but has improved this season. Press photo by Linda RothrockAndrew Brett got off to a slow start, but has improved this season.

Brett helps to pace CHS

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Andrew Brett has been accustomed to the big stage. This time around, he has adjusted to the same type of role in a different environment.

In his first starting role as the Roughies starting quarterback, Brett threw for more than 2,000 yards and 16 touchdowns, placing him in an elite crowd in the statistical field.

Now Brett is creating more headlines as he continues to excel in the baseball program. He is becoming more comfortable in the batter’s box and in the field at second base. The junior has developed more patience at the plate, as he has a team-high nine walks and is second in runs scored with 10.

“I may have started a little slow, but I have been more selective at the plate this season,” said Brett. “I really have been seeing the ball better and becoming more confident at the plate. I knew it would be a matter of time.”

In the field, Brett also has made strides.

“I feel a lot better fielding the ball than I was,” added Brett. “I have been getting down better on balls and getting a better position. It really has helped my throwing. Again, it was a matter of just getting used to everything.”

Along with his overall improvement in both areas, Brett also quickly has formed an effective one-two punch at the top of the Roughies’ lineup with leadoff hitter Corey Raysely. With Raysely’s speed and propensity to attempt to steal, Brett has developed into an excellent bunter and contact hitter behind him.

The duo also is a solid force up the middle defensively with Brett at second and Raysley at short.

“When he (Raysley) gets on, he likes to run,” said Brett. “I have worked on my bunting and I feel good about it. If Raysley is getting a big lead or takes off, I tend to get some good pitchers to hit.

“We know each other very well and we have a good sense of where the other one is on the field. We also work well together hitting at the top of the lineup.”

Head coach Steve Bradley has been pleased with Brett’s growth.

“He is really playing well for us,” said Bradley. “He is one of the hardest workers around and he really worked on all aspects of his game. He has helped make a big change in our lineup and is doing a good job.”

Brett believes his team has benefitted from losing a number of close games last season, and they will make some noise down the home stretch.

“We lost some tough games last year, but we feel like we can close them out this year,” he said. “Our goal is to get back to districts, but we also believe we have a shot at leagues. We know we can get to the postseason and we all just have to keep working and heading in that direction.”