Junior baseball player Bradley Harrison didn’t wait long to get into the swing of things this spring.
Counted on as an integral part of the Panthers’ team in 2015 after an outstanding sophomore season as a varsity starter, Harrison let his lumber do the talking against the Harrisburg Bulldogs.
The OTHS slugger belted two circuit clouts and drove in seven runs in O’Fallon’s double-digit victory. One of Harrison’s blasts was a gargantuan shot, clearing the right field wall at Blazier Field and bouncing across Route 50 and skipping through the Dairy Queen parking lot. The shot put a fitting exclamation point on the day for the junior slugger, the son of Richard and Deborah Harrison.
According to OTHS head coach Jason Portz, Harrison’s offensive display was not an aberration but a performance that local baseball fans may see more of as the Panthers’ season progresses.
“If teams will pitch to him with any consistency, Bradley will have the chance to put together those types of games on a regular basis,” Portz said. “As he continues to grow and develop as a player, he is gaining a better understanding of hitting which will translate into more home runs and more RBI’s.”
“I play baseball because it is the greatest sport in the world,” Harrison said. “I began playing baseball when I was in kindergarten and have always played against kids older than me. I owe all of my success to this point to the many great coaches I’ve had in my life. They have helped mold me into the player and person I am.”
“Playing baseball has definitely given me a more competitive attitude,” the Panther slugger added. “It’s instilled in me the desire to do things right and to get things done.”