May 10, 2017 07:55 PM
(ABC 6 News) – The Rochester Mayo Spartans baseball team is in the running for a Big 9 Conference title this season, and the key to the Spartans’ success on the diamond starts with their back-stop, junior Alex Prindle.
“He’s been probably the most consistent guy we’ve had, defensively and offensively,” Spartans head coach Tom Senne said. “He’s been a spark behind the plate.”
Coming into Wednesday, Prindle, who is in his first full season on the Spartans varsity team, has a batting average above .500, and Senne said his defense has been top-notch as well. “He’s really taken to all the coaches on the team,” Senne said. “He’s listened, he’s adjusted, he’s done the hard work that it takes to become a better baseball player.”
Senne acknowledges that Prindle’s bat has “come alive” this season, but his strength has always been his ability to defend the plate. “He’s just not afraid to be a catcher,” Senne said. “He’ll get dirty for his pitchers, he’ll try and throw guys out, he’ll make a close play at first base on a pick off just to keep a guy honest.”
“I’m just trying to do everything I can so the team has the most success,” Prindle added. “I want to make sure everyone behind the pitcher has trust that I can do my part, and the pitcher has trust in me to throw everything he can to get the strikeouts.”
The key to Prindle’s success is his baseball IQ and work ethic—and his preparation. “It’s important to know your pitcher, know what kind of stuff he has,” Prindle said. “Know (the pitches), know when you have to get down, know who’s on base and the batter at the plate.”
“He’s a very good baseball player,” Senne said. “But I believe we’re just scratching the surface with his talent.”
Prindle has been great on the baseball diamond, but all Prindle said he cares about is that the team follows suit. “It’s all about those ‘W’s’,” Prindle said.
Prindle said he hopes to play collegiate baseball following high school, but getting a “good eduction” comes first. “He’s going to make a college baseball coach very happy someday,” Senne added.
Prindle said he hopes to study criminology at the University of Maryland.
The Spartans return to the diamond Thursday against Winona.
Created: May 10, 2017 07:55 PM
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