By Sean Giggy
(WAOW) - Port Edwards baseball player Aaron Eichsteadt leads the Blackhawks offense in nearly every statistical category and has helped his team to a 16-3 record.
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When Port Edwards' senior Aaron Eichsteadt steps to the plate, lots of eyes are watching and waiting for his next big hit. With a batting average better than 500, it's no wonder Eichsteadt has plenty of fans.
"When we have a home game, our little leaguers and minor leaguers come over and watch and Aaron's up to the plate and they're all cheering him on," said Port Edwards head coach Tim Martin. "Then you hear in the elementary school, 'I want to hit like Eichsteadt, I want to be like number 22,' so he should be pretty proud of what he's done for us."
"I couldn't really do it without everybody else," Eichsteadt said. "If they didn't get on base nothing would happen if I hit the ball, so it's been a real team effort. I've done the easy part. I've made the contact and they've scored the runs."
With an E-R-A of 2.42 and 23 strikeouts, Eichsteadt isn't just a leader at the plate either. He's 4-1 on the mound and has helped the Blackhawks to a 16-3 record.
"He's come on strong and he's gaining confidence," Martin said. "He's got a defense behind him and his pitching abilities."
"We've been clicking pretty good and playing our best that we've been playing for a long time. This group has been together for a while and now we're just finally putting it all together."
Eichsteadt hopes his work ethic and impact will help his teammates improve and lead Port Edwards deep into the tournament.
"I hope to make a deep run into the tournament," Eichsteadt said. "It looks right now like we have a pretty good chance of going pretty far. Right now, goal is to make the regional final and just keep going after that."
Online reporter: Sean Giggy
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