BY SAM SCINTA WEEKLY REPORTER
OTHS grad follows pro baseball dreams
Austin Bossart is a 2011 graduate of O’Fallon Township High School and a 2015 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he finished his senior year by being named not only co-Ivy League Player of the Year, but also Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Year. The Big 5 consists of Pennsylvania, Temple, Villanova, St. Joseph’s, and La Salle. Bossart was also recognized as a finalist for the Johnny Bench award, given to the nation’s best collegiate catcher.
“It was definitely a very amazing honor, especially because of the talent I was competing against. There have been many great players that have won those honors, and I just hope I can continue the excellence that they have shown on and off the field,” Bossart said.
His days of amateur baseball came to an end during the 14th round of the 2015 MLB Draft, when the Philadelphia Phillies selected the catcher. It was a childhood dream come true for the former Panther.
“Being drafted was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had,” said Bossart. “Up to that point in my baseball career, I worked so hard to have the opportunity. It is amazing how great it is when the hard work you put in for 20 years of your life is rewarded with the opportunity to play the game professionally.”
Despite his already numerous accomplishments and Big League dreams, Bossart still uses the lessons he learned playing his high school ball at Blazer Field.
“I learned a great deal of discipline and a lot about the game of baseball at OTHS. Not only this, but it is where I learned how to win. Coach Portz does an amazing job with the baseball program and it continues to show year in and year out when the team does so well and makes it deep into the playoffs,” said Bossart.
Bossart remains in contact with Coach Portz and the rest of the coaching staff, who allow him to work out at the school’s facilities during the offseason.
“I also still talk to a couple teammates every once in a while. It’s always great hearing that they are rooting for me and that they support me,” Bossart told the Weekly.