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FORMER VIKING CONTINUES BASEBALL CAREER AT THE COLLEGE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT REGIONAL LEVEL

May 28, 2014
Huntington North High School



FORMER VIKING CONTINUES BASEBALL CAREER AT THE COLLEGE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT REGIONAL LEVEL

By Justin Shockey sports@h-ponline.com | Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Former Huntington North High School shortstop Drew Schnitz chose to continue his football and baseball athletic career at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology last spring.

When he committed to the Fightin’ Engineers one year ago, Schnitz didn’t know he would travel all the way to the NCAA Division III national tournament regional. However, that is exactly where the former HN standout went this past season.

“Going through the year we knew we had the capability of being a pretty good team,” Schnitz said. “Going into the conference tournament, one of our big goals was to win that tournament.”

After being swept 3-0 against defending conference and regional tournament champion Manchester University in the regular season, the Fightin’ Engineers took down the host Spartans 8-7 and 6-3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship at the conclusion of the regular season. With the championship, Rose-Hulman earned a spot in the NCAA Division III national tournament regional in Moline, Ill.

Once at the regional, Schnitz and the Fightin’ Engineers became the underdog of the tournament. After picking off No. 1-ranked Webster University by a score of 3-2, Buena Vista University by a score of 4-3 in extra innings and shutting out DePauw 1-0 in the semifinal, Rose-Hulman fell just one game shy of a Division III World Series berth following a 9-4 loss to No. 6-ranked St. Thomas.

“I had a great time with my teammates and it was just a lot of fun getting to that level my first year in college,” Schnitz said. “We knew we were going to face some challenges, but once we got there and watched teams play while playing our own game, we realized they weren’t any better than us. I think by realizing that, it gave us confidence to go out there and pick up some wins.”

During his rookie season at Rose-Hulman, Schnitz compiled 10 hits and five RBI in 46 at bats for a batting average of .217. The freshman got some varsity time as both a shortstop and a designated hitter early in his collegiate career.

“I think I exceeded my own expectations a bit by being able to get my own starting position at times and just earning some playing time in general at the varsity level,” he said. “I’ve decided I’m going to stick primarily to baseball and I’ve already started putting in the work for next season.”

Schnitz said the level of competition he faced while at Huntington North helped better prepare him for the college game.

“I had a few different coaches that helped me at Huntington,” he said. “Coaches Russ Degitz and Kyle Daugherty helped pave the path for me to have a successful baseball career.”


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