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Athlete Spotlight for Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

Posted: March 12, 2014 - 12:06am
Photo by Jim Blaylock  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock

Lakeside High School’s Evan Krenz got a wealth of baseball experience during 2013.

The Panthers’ right-handed pitcher was a major contributor on the squad that won the 2013 Region 2-AAAAA title before advancing to the second round of the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA state playoffs.

During the summer, Krenz was on the Martinez Evans 15-16 Senior League team that made it to the 2013 Senior League World Series, finishing third.

Krenz liked both experiences, but one a little more than the other.

”I think the World Series because I got to meet a bunch of different people from different places and it was just fun talking with them,” Krenz said.

In the opening round of the 2013 state tournament, the Panthers clung to a 6-3 lead in the top of the sixth.

Krenz came on in relief and worked out of a bases-loaded jam, getting Glynn Academy’s best hitter to ground out to shortstop to end the inning.

“I like to say I do better under pressure,” Krenz said. “I don’t know why, I just do.”

After being a reliever as a junior, Krenz has started the 2014 season 1-0 as a starter and that is the role that first-year head coach Brad Freeman intends for Krenz.

“He’s going to start a lot of games for us,” Freeman said. “He started one so far and pitched pretty good.”

Krenz likes being on the mound at the beginning of the game for a few reasons. “You get to pitch for longer and I like that,” he said. “You start off the game in control.”

Krenz, who has been pitching since he began playing baseball, enjoys every aspect of the game.

“I just love the game, I don’t really like contact that much,” he said laughing.

On the mound, Krenz likes to keep batters off balance, saying accuracy is his calling card.

“I don’t really throw very hard, I like to mix it up and spot my pitches, keep the batters guessing,” said Krenz.

Freeman says he does a good job of doing just that.

“He uses his offspeed effectively,” Freeman said. “There’s still some velocity left in his arm that I think he’ll find at the college level. By no means will anybody call him the hardest thrower, but when he uses his offspeed so effectively, it makes anything on his fastball look that much faster.”

Accuracy also came into play when he did his senior project on gun control, shadowing a probation officer. He got to shoot a Glock at the range and did well.

“It was cool, it was fun shooting it,” Krenz said. “He (job shadow) said I was a natural at it, but I haven’t done it since then.”

With an experienced team back, Krenz likes the Panthers’ chances this year. “I feel like we’re going to do good in the playoffs, I think we’ll go pretty far.”

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