Athlete of the Week – Brad Snyder

O’Fallon senior Brad Snyder does it all

Athlete of the Week

Brad Snyder

In a team with as deep of an arsenal as the Panthers, it can be hard to stand out. However, senior Brad Snyder has managed to do just that.

Snyder, the son of Jennifer and Brad Snyder, is a player that does it all for the Panthers. The right handed Snyder was originally a first baseman however, this year has seen action in multiple positions including first, left field, and pitcher.

“Brad is a highly valuable player to our team,” said head coach Jason Portz. “He has the athleticism to change positions as the team needs, and he always does a really good job.”

So far in 2016 Snyder has been efficient in all aspects of his game. On offense Snyder currently has a .400 batting average and with 21 RBI’s, is just five short of leading the team. In last week’s game against Collinsville, Snyder knocked one over the fence for his first homerun of the season.

“I had been seeing the ball better all week,” said Snyder. “I finally got the right pitch and sent it over the fence. It felt really good.”

When he’s not helping the Panthers score runs, the three year varsity starter is helping defend against them. Snyder has given up just 6 runs, 12 hits, and has an ERA of 2.377 in 17 innings pitched this season.  Aside from being a weapon on the plate, Snyder has turned eight double plays for the Panthers and has no errors.

Snyder was a member of the Southwestern Conference All-Conference team in 2015 and uses his years of experience to help lead his teammates.

“I try to always be there for the younger players when they are struggling. I’ve been there, everyone has been there before. When I had a tough stretch my first season there was a senior there who helped me out. Now, I try to do the same,” said Snyder.

The Panthers have been dominant this season with a record of 28-3 and Snyder thinks the team has what it takes to keep up their outstanding play.

“It has been nice to see our hard work paying off,” said Snyder. “We don’t get many breaks and a lot of guys have been stepping up and filling in their roles. The team is like a family and we have a great atmosphere to play in.”