High school baseball games average a much smaller fan attendance than those of other programs. Many games would be hard pressed to draw over 100 people.
This season, Fort Worth Christian has been guaranteed to draw anywhere from a handful to 67 spectators for their baseball games, all with radar guns in tow.
That’s right, 67 scouts lined the bleachers to get a report on pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz, coach Tracy Howard said.
The timing of the game was perfect to draw in that number of scouts. It was a week before any UIL schools could begin tournament play and it took place during a tournament hosted by Fort Worth Christian that featured many of the top private schools in the state.
But those 67 scouts were mostly there to check out the Cardinals ace.
Going into the regional final round of the TAPPS 4A state playoffs, Stankiewicz has a 10-2 record with 121 strikeouts and a 1.33 ERA in 79 innings. He is also No. 51 on the ESPNHS 100 top recruits in the nation -- the highest ranking of any player in the Metroplex.
Stankiewicz, an Arkansas signee, averages 90-92 mph on his fastball but has topped out at 95 with good control.
“Teddy is the type of guy that looks effortless when he throws,” Howard said. “He looks very smooth, but he has the ability to throw it by guys. He’s pretty fun to watch.”
Before his senior year, Stankiewicz participated in two Under Armor All-American games -- one at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.
“He’s been invited to some pretty big-time events and he’s done well,” Howard said. “He’s done a good job of getting himself recognized, but he’s also done a good job of competing once he’s there.”
The only question that remains in Stankiewicz’s game is if he’ll be playing SEC or MLB ball next fall.
Frisco Wakeland riding district momentum
Wakeland could be another team to beat in the playoffs. It is coming off a deep playoff run last year that ended at the hands of state semifinalist Mesquite Poteet.
Wakeland is on a 13-district game winning streak heading into bi-district play this weekend. It finished on top of District 9-4A with a 13-1 district record, and its only district loss of the season was the first game of district play to Frisco.
Colleyville Heritage jumps into Fab 50
Heritage jumped into the No. 47 spot this weekend thanks to winning 19 of its last 20 games to claim the District 6-5A crown.
Arlington Martin made a huge jump, moving from No. 33 to No. 12 in the national poll.