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Hunter Steinke - Piqua High School Baseball

Out of view from the sports headlines this spring has been the positive record of the Piqua Indians baseball team, 16-10, after bowing out of the OHSAA tournament this past week with a 3-2 loss to Miamisburg.

And the Indians, long a baseball stalwart in the original Miami Valley League, appear to be on track for more good baseball seasons ahead, given they have talent like freshman Hunter Steinke (pictured here), who anchored the Indians' bullpen this year, and impressed nearly every time he took the mound (13 times).

Pitching primarily in relief, the 5'10" Steinke compiled 30.1 innings, a 3-2 record, while striking out 42 hitters in just those 30 innings.  Not the hardest thrower in the MVL, he nonetheless has what scouts and college coaches call 'arm speed'.  The fastball get upon you suddenly - poompf - and takes opposing hitters by surprise.

"He has really good baseball instincts,"  says Indians coach Brad Lavy.  "He works his tail off. He’s been my first guy out of the ‘pen all year, and his earned run average reflects that. He’s got that mindset you need when you bring someone in from the bullpen…’I got it’. You’ve got to have that.”

Just as importantly, he's too young to be nervous.

"I really don't feel them (nerves),"  he said after a recent 4-3 win over league-leading Butler, in which he closed out the game, retiring the last six outs.  "I'm just glad he (Lavy) picked me to go out there and pitch.  It's a great feeling when the coach trusts you to go out there when we have other guys who could do it, too."

He's going to get many, many more chances, given that he has three years remaining in high school...that he's going to grow, get stronger, and that 'arm speed' is going to increase exponentially.  All he has to do is play more baseball.  He has, without question, been one of the pleasant discoveries of this 2022 high school baseball season.

Our congratulations go out to the Piqua Indians, and Hunter Steinke, who earns 'Who's Hot' recognition this week on Press Pros.

Peace of mind is as easy as the relationship you have with your local bank, and the St. Henry bank is small enough to know you, and big enough to serve you.  The St. Henry Bank joins Press Pros Magazine in recognizing this week's "Who's Hot" honoree...Hunter Steinke from Piqua High School.

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