Athlete of the Week – Bradley Harrison

Harrison finishes season undefeated

AOTW - Bradley Harrison   Bradley Harrison ended his varsity baseball career at O’Fallon with a 12 – 0 in 13 starts. His ERA was a mere 0.47, he struck out 124 against 24 walks and gave up just six earned runs all season. He can hit, too. He finished the season with a .396 batting average with 6 home runs and 35 RBI.

It was, however, what he did this past week that puts him the spotlight this week.

He pitched seven innings against Alton and won the game 2 – 1, and Regional Championship; and, seven hard-fought innings against a pesky Bellville West team in the Sectional semifinals. Oh yeah, he also hit at a .750 pace in the playoffs to lead the team.

Varsity Head Coach Jason Portz can’t say enough about his work ethic. “He puts in the time and gives 110% every time he is on the field. Whether he’s pitching or batting, his effort is always the same.”

Brad, the son of Rich and Debbie Harrison, is humble about his achievements this year. He attributes a lot of what he was able to do this year to hard work, playing on the varsity team for all four years and being around the program his whole life. But, he gives most of the credit to his teammates.

“There are eight other players on the field” he said. “Being the pitcher, I get the win; but, the guys around me helped me out a lot this year. I have an awesome shortstop (Camden Bauer), a Center Fielder (Dillon Weiss) that is very fast and can run just about anything down and a catcher (Chase Hackstadt) that dug my pitches out of the dirt and knocked them down when he had to.”

Harrison will continue his career at the next level, playing for Division 1 Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. This was a decision that he made early on as a sophomore. “I went for a visit and loved it” he said. “I loved the campus, the coaching staff and all that they had to offer. It felt like home.”