Reinhart looking forward to senior year
As a junior, Adam Reinhart’s high school career came full circle.
He became an integral part of the football team as a receiver and lineman, and continued his success with the wrestling team where he just missed a district bid.
Recently, Reinhart finished his baseball season, where again he was a major contributor as a third baseman and pitcher.
Now, he is ready to take the next step as a senior.
Until then, however, Reinhart can relish the accomplishment and memories he has created.
“At the beginning of the (baseball) season, we thought we would have a pretty good season,” said Reinhart. “We did pretty well in our scrimmage against Liberty.
“We have a lot of new guys. We knew (pitcher) Jacob (Drummer) would be coming back from an ACL. But then things started to fall apart.”
Still, Reinhart remained positive due to his teammates.
“All of us are pretty close,” he said. “Just about all of us came through as freshmen. We all play together well and have good chemistry.”
“Most of us were on a youth team that went 18-0 in 2013. We really help each other out.”
With Drummer sidelined at the start of the season, Reinhart was thrust into a pitching role, a new experience for him from his usual third base role.
Heading into their final game Monday, Reinhart was hitting .190 with seven RBIs. He also had a 0-2 record with a 6.73 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 17.2 innings.
He had help from his grandfather, Jeff Mondschein, and his father, Martin, making the adjustment to the mound.
“My grandfather played baseball in high school and he has really helped me,” said Reinhart. “My dad worked with a guy who knew someone who played in the majors and gave me some film. It helped me with my form and also to get more velocity of my pitches.
“At the beginning of the season, I was doing all right. Then I began to have some problems hitting. My grandfather helped me hitting off the tee and getting plenty of reps.
“Toward the end of the season, I started hitting again.”
Pitching, though, again will be a part of his arsenal.
“I have been working with coach (Steve) Bradley on my curveball,” Reinhart said. “I know I’ll probably be pitching again next year, and I feel more comfortable with everything. I just want to help out as much as I can and throw as well as I can.”
Bradley realizes Reinhart’s contributions on and off the field.
“Adam (Reinhart) has done an ice job for us at third base and pitcher,” said Bradley. “He’s got a big arm and can destroy a baseball. He is a lot of fun to coach and he keeps the team loose.
“We expect him to dominate the league next year.”
He certainly has the potential to do that in more than one sport.