LONGMONT — Greg Reynolds was a familiar sight on the gridiron this past fall, a favorite target of quarterback Austin Apodaca as the Silver Creek Raptors made their run at the 3A state championship only to fall just short of the title.
As Apodaca racked up big numbers, so did his receiving core. Reynolds finished the season as the second leading wideout on the team with 1,044 total recceiving yards and 13 touchdowns.
But as talented as he is on the football field, Reynolds might be even more so on the baseball diamond. Having played baseball since he was 4 years old, Reynolds says the game is his passion, a sentiment his coach agrees with.
“He’s a young man that loves the game,” Raptors head coach Trevor Platt says. “He loves to compete, and he feels at home on the field. That’s his sanctuary. He brings out the expectation to go out and compete everyday, leave it on the field and have no regrets.”
“There’s just something about it,” Reynolds says. “It’s like 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. The game is just fun to me, I just love playing it.”
A three-year varsity starter for the Raptors, Reynolds hit .403 last year, and as a senior this season, will be looking to continue his success at the plate, but also hone his skills in the field, where he will play shortstop.
“My goal as an individual is to get as many runs in as possible, and to not make so many errors and back up my pitcher,” Reynolds says.
Silver Creek looks to improve upon the success of last season when the Raptors took the 4A Northern League title. They exited the postseason in the first round of districts with a loss to Cheyenne Mountain, the eventual state champion.
“That’s our goal every year, to make the postseason. That’s what we’ve been working all winter to accomplish, and will continue to work on this spring,” says Platt.
In addition to Reynolds, Silver Creek will have several returning upperclassmen from last year in Trey Fleming, Austin Apodaca, KC Lord, Wyatt Knechtel, Joey Stauss and Kellen Wenande.
Reynolds called many of them teammates on the football field this past fall, and their team chemistry carries over to the diamond.
“I’ve known them since sixth grade, and we’ve been playing sports ever since then. They’re pretty much like my brothers,” says Reynolds.
Even though it’s early, Platt is encouraged by what he’s seen in practice so far, and believes the Raptors have what it takes to make some noise in the Northern League again this season, and hopefully a state title run as well.
“We’ve very excited about this group of players, our opportunities and what these guys can do on the field,” Platt says. “We feel we’ve got all the parts to see what we can do.”