POTEAU (KFSM) - "You know, we recruited him as a left handed pitcher and didn’t know he could hit and then he’s been out top hitter our year long." Carl Albert coach Mark Pollard said.
Pollard is talking about freshman Colton Wetzler who had a productive career at Rogers Heritage, but the impact he’s had with the Vikings is a bit of a surprise.
"Wetlzer’s a little bit streaky but when zones in, when he’s in a groove, he’s pretty good," Pollard said.
Wetzler is second on the team with a .353 batting average and is tied for the Vikings’ lead with 29 runs batted in but the production isn’t a surprise to the freshman.
"Just brought the intensity and the work ethic over and just kept doing it," Wetzler said. "Practicing every day and trying to get better."
Carl Albert wrapped up their regular season Saturday, but the heart of the Vikings lineup will be the difference between an early postseason exit or a deep run.
"Keep hitting the ball like we’ve been doing. We just have to put all three things together. Pitching, fielding and hitting. We just have to be able to do that," Wetzler said.