He certainly wasn’t one of the area’s most celebrated players over the past three seasons, but one would be hard pressed to find a more consistent hitter than Skyline’s Adam Reigle in that span.
Now a senior, the center fielder has done nothing but rake throughout his time on the Falcons diamond.
He was named the team’s most valuable player after hitting .404 last year. He batted .373 as a sophomore and an even .500 as a junior. But part of the reason Reigle hadn’t received ample attention was that the Falcons won a combined seven games his first two seasons before improving to 11-8 last spring.
“My freshman and sophomore years were kind of a play-for-yourself kind of deal,” Reigle said. “Now that we’ve all grown together, we’ve become closer as a team. We’re playing as a team for our one goal instead of everyone play for what their individual goal would be.”
For awhile, Reigle’s individual goal was undecided. It was unclear whether he would choose to pursue golf or baseball in college, but he has now firmly decided to remain on the diamond. He’s still amidst the recruiting process.
While he has no problems with his batting average, Reigle hopes to punish the baseball with more authority this season. Premier hitters are never satisfied, and a dearth of power is Reigle’s lone complaint.
“I want to see myself drive the ball a lot further this year,” Reigle said. “We’ve brought in a weight training coach over the winter, and they had us lifting weights three days a week. I feel like as a team we should be able to hit the ball off the fence and over the fence a bit more.”
Skyline coach Mike Hoog absolutely believes Reigle’s skills will translate to the college game and that his hitting prowess is only ascending.
“I think he knows his swing very well, so he’s able to adjust,” Hoog said. “He knows the strike zone extremely well. He tends to not swing at pitches out of the zone, so he works counts to where he can get pitches he can handle.
“And other than that, physically he’s a talented kid.”
Hoog believes that Reigle might not play Division-I baseball “right out of the gate,” but that he eventually will. Part of that thought centers on the notion that Reigle is a young senior, only 17 as the season commences.
Age-wise, he’s essentially a junior.
Reigle said college interest has been “in and out.”
“I’ve talked to some schools, but not too many,” he said. “Still looking around.”
Odds are, it won’t be long before a solid program snatches him up. Particularly if he adds the power aspect to his game.
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