By Rob Kiser
Call Sports Editor
Austin Reedy has always loved the game of baseball.
And he will get to continue that passion after he graduates this spring for Piqua High School.
Reedy signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Miami-Hamilton in the PHS commons.
“I will miss it (football) a little bit,” Reedy, who was also a running back for Piqua, said. “But, I have always loved the game of baseball.”
Reedy, the son of John and Jenny Reedy, said the decision to play UMH was an easy one.
“They had been in contact with me,” he said. “When I visited there, I loved it. They were playing another team that was recruiting me when I went to one of their games and they just seemed to want me more.”
Reedy, coming off a game-winning hit against Greenville Tuesday, has a distinctive style on the mound — pitching with a submarine motion.
“It is something I picked up pretty early and it has worked well for me,” he said.
A year ago, Reedy was 1-1 with two saves on the mound and a 2.56 ERA.
He struck out 31 batters in 38 innings, while batting .246 with a double and six RBI.
This season he is batting .296 with two doubles and 11 RBI and has one save, while striking out 23 batters in 23 and one-third innings.
“They (UMH) will use me as a pitcher — probably as a closer,” Reedy said. “If they need me in the field, I can play there.”
Which is exactly the type of attitude Piqua baseball coach Jared Askins has become accustomed to with Reedy.
“Austin (Reedy) is just a great kid who will do anything you ask,” Askins said. “I am sure he would like to be starting right now, but he has accepted his role as DH — he is willing to do anything to help the team.”
Askins also said UMH is a great fit for Reedy.
“It is a place where he can go in and play right away,” Askins said. “I think he would like to be a starter — but I think he will probably be a closer and do a great job of that — and hopefully, at some point, he will get the opportunity to be a starter down the road.”
Askins said it is also good for the younger kids in the PHS baseball program to see.
“It kind of started with Taylor Huebner and Brandon Wright,” Askins said. “They always come back and tell the other players how different college baseball is — that it is more like a job. And hopefully, Austin will come back with the same kind of stories.”
Playing the game he loves.