In the end, Evan Krenz got what he wanted.
Lakeside High School’s senior pitcher wanted to stay close to home to play baseball and that’s what he ensured Thursday when he signed to play for Division II Paine College.
Heading to the collegiate level after being a starter and reliever for the Panthers during his stint at the high school, Krenz is just looking to get an opportunity on the mound.
“I’m hoping I’m going to be a starter,” Krenz said. “If I get to pitch, that’s fine with me.”
What the Lions are getting is someone who has played on some big stages. The summer between his junior and senior year he was a member of the 2013 Martinez Evans Senior League team that played in the Senior League World Series in Bangor, Me.
As a junior, he helped the Panthers to the 2013 Region 2-AAAAA title. In 2014, the crafty right-hander was 2-3 with a save and a 2.44 earned-run average as the Panthers (10-16) advanced to the state playoffs for the second consecutive season.
“He had a great year,” said Lakeside baseball coach Brad Freeman, who played for two seasons at Paine. “A lot of his starts for some reason we didn’t provide as well offensively as in some starts in other games we played, but he always found a way to battle through. It’s going to be hard to replace somebody that’s such a competitor on the mound.”
Krenz enjoyed his final season at Lakeside.
“It wasn’t bad,” he said. “It was just really fun playing with everybody I’ve played with since I was a little kid.”