May 09, 2019 09:11 AM
It's common to hear "senior standout," but what about a sophomore standout? The Austin Packers baseball team has a talented group of guys this season but there's one who is a bit younger and has helped lead the team to their 9-4 record. Meet Teyghan Hovland.
He's a two- sport athlete, over six feet tall and is only a sophomore.
These are just some of the things that make him a huge asset to the Packers and the team's pitching rotation.
"Going into the year we thought we had a deep rotation and Teyghan was one of those question marks, as far as being young and seeing what he could give us," Austin Head Coach Joe Kroc said. "On the mound he has a good presence."
Prior to the 2019 baseball season, Teyghan helped Austin's basketball team in their run for a state title as a sixth man. When their season ended in the Class AAA state semifinals, he jumped right into baseball without missing a beat.
"It's a mentality and being able to say 'hey I'm going to take the ball' or 'I'm going to be on the hill today' that's a mentality and he definitely has that winner's mentality and has definitely learned how to win through basketball," Kroc explained. "I think that's transitioned right into baseball and that's helped him as far as maturity wise as well."
Teyghan prepared in the offseason just like all athletes do and he set several goals that he wanted to achieve this season.
"A couple goals were to come in, throw strikes, get my team the lead and keep the lead," Teyghan said. "I don't really focus on my wins and losses. I just go out there every day and pitch and throw strikes and hope our team gets the W."
Needless to say, Teyghan has already achieved a number of those goals and his team is a little over halfway through the season. He's pitched 22 innings, has a 5-1 record with a 1.59 ERA, and has recorded 28 strikeouts.
He isn't only helping the bullpen. Teygan has made a statement at the plate slugging 0.333 with 7 RBI.
Hard work and dedication can only get someone so far. There's another factor that plays into Teyghan's success.
"I just got a really strong support system behind me with my dad and teammates. He's there to support me at every game and tells me and looks at me, like what I'm doing wrong and if I can fix it."
His success could only be the beginning as this sophomore still has a lot time to develop as an athlete.
"As he gets a little stronger and a little bigger, he's probably going to add five to seven miles an hour to his fastball, which will only help his off-speed stuff," Kroc added. "The more games you play the better you're going to be. He's got a really really high ceiling on the mound and at the plate. So looking forward to big things to come from Teyghan."
Updated: May 09, 2019 09:11 AM
Created: May 08, 2019 09:46 PM
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