By Sean Giggy
(WAOW) - Braden Hunkens has been swinging a hot bat for the Almond Bancroft baseball team all season long, but last week against Tigerton Hunkens had one of the best hitting games a high school player can imagine.
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Braden Hunkens is one of the best players for the Almond Bancroft baseball team, but ask him about last week's game against Tigerton and a grin comes across the senior's face. In that game, he stepped to the plate four times and three of those the ball ended up over the fence.
"I just felt really good at the plate," Hunkens said. "I saw a lot of good pitches to hit, middle in stuff, I just put a good swing on the ball and I've had a lot of other good hitting games, but three home runs in one game is tough to beat."
"First one was left center, so he was going opposite field," said Almond-Bancroft head coach Matt Mehne. "Then, all of a sudden his second at bat he hits one out to dead center and the guys are starting to joke around, 'I bet you can't hit three,' and sure enough, third at-bat, he hits another one."
As the Eagles' top pitcher, Hunkens has been dominant on the mound and provided a solid defense for his team.
"As a pitcher it's someone I can throw out there and I can trust and I don't have to worry about it," Mehne said. "He knows what kind of game he's throwing and he works well with our catcher and most of the time he throws strikes and he gets guys out, so it helps us out a lot that I can rely on him against our top opponents."
Hunkens, who will play for one of the top junior college programs in the country next year, hopes his impact on the field will help carry the Eagles far this postseason.
"I try to be a teacher and a vocal leader, give people hints what they're supposed to be doing on the field and then when it comes my turn I just feel I should get the job done every single time. I don't really want our guys to slack off. I want every inning to be like bottom of the ninth, game seven world series, so we come out and give a good show every day."
Online reporter: Sean Giggy