2019-04-10 / Sports

Athlete of the Week

Connor Joedicke Connor Joedicke Sophomore Connor Joedicke pitched five total innings for Margaretville in a matchup against Gilboa Monday, striking out the first 10 batters and finishing with 13 total aces.

Connor’s command of the strike zone on the mound has been remarkable over his career. In his 8th grade season, Joedicke struck out 41 batters and walked three. Last spring, he fanned 58 batters and walked six, one intentionally. In two outings this year, Connor has struck out 26 opposing hitters and walked two.

According to Coach John Bernhardt, Joedicke is a three sport athlete for Margaretville and a young man who loves baseball and plays constantly.

“Connor also plays on a travel baseball team out of Albany,” he added. “That team has been working out since January. That experience has familiarized Connor with baseball strength coaches and kept him up to date with the latest theories of hitting and pitching. He has been sharing that knowledge with our guys this spring. All of that and Connor’s poise on the baseball diamond have elevated his game.

At 15 years of age, this is Joedicke’s third year playing varsity baseball at MCS - began his 8th grade year taking pitching turns facing the bottom of opposing team’s lineups.

“But, by the end of that season, the 8th grader had evolved as the Blue Devil pitching ace,” said Bernhardt. “A complete game win in Jefferson that season, a win Margaretville needed to win to reach the sectionals was probably a turning point for the young pitcher.”

Bernhardt said in addition, Joedicke is simply a coachable kid.

“What sets Connor apart is the appreciation he shows simply to be coached and play the game,” he said. “There never is a day that Connor fails to say thanks to his coaches before leaving the gym or playing fields.”

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