Summer baseball National Champions grow bonds of friendship

Monday, October 14, 2013 at 7:24 am

“I’ve always been pushed. It’s better to be that way because it has taught me to be my best, not only just in baseball but simply in life.”

These are the words of senior baseball player, Jeremy Pfuntner. Baseball is commonly known as America’s pastime, arguably the most important part being Pfuntner’s favorite.

“My favorite part of baseball is winning,” Pfuntner said.

Pfuntner not only plays baseball for Bryan High, but also on a club ball team, which houses multiple benefits.

“I was around eight years old when I started playing club ball,” Pfuntner said. “You get better coaching, better competition, and a better chance to be seen by college and pro scouts.”

This summer, Pfuntner and his team made a tremendous achievement in Fort Myers, Florida.

“We won the 17u AAU National Championship,” Pfuntner said. “This was a tremendous achievement as we beat out 63 of the top teams in the nation for the honor.”

Many players have a most memorable moment from their wins, and one specifically stands out to Pfuntner.

“My favorite part in Florida, was when we made the last out and the bench cleared with excitement, to dog pile on the mound,” Pfuntner said.

Pfuntner’s teammate, senior Brandon Kveton, also shares a passion for the sport and has been playing for many years.

“I started playing when I was about four or five,” Kveton said. “My sister played softball and I really looked up to her, so I wanted to get involved in the sport too.”

Playing any sport holds many benefits, and Kveton appreciates them all.

“It keeps you in shape, it’s fun, you meet a lot of good friends, and you get to travel a lot,” Kveton said. “Playing club ball has allowed me to travel to several places I would not have been able to go otherwise.”

There are many positions in the sport of baseball, and behind home plate playing catcher is where Kveton belongs.

“I’ve been catcher for the past seven years,” Kveton said. “It’s fun, you kind of run the game because you can see the entire field and can help control the pace.”

When on a team, strong bonds are formed, which gives every member a push to strive for more.

“Whenever we’re playing there’s always a big push to do better than you did before,” Kveton said. “You always encourage each other and you form a brotherhood. [Teammates] just help you with anything you need. We became more of a family than a team; and being able to play a sport you love with your brothers is the most fun thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

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