O'Fallon Progress

Athlete of the Week — For O’Fallon’s Camden Bauer, blood proves thicker than infield dirt

The old baseball adage - “Take two and hit to right” – only partially applies to this week’s top athlete.

Senior Camden Bauer has the hitting part of the saying down pat, The taking two portion – not so much. Bauer has been an integral part of the Panthers’ baseball line-up for several seasons and is making the most of his final go-around as a member of Jason Portz’s squad.

Currently batting .405, the OTHS standout and University of Alabama recruit, has been one of the many positive contributors to O’Fallon High’s outstanding 2016 diamond season.

With an on-base percentage of .545 and a slugging percentage of .608, Camden, the son of Joe and Tracie Bauer, has been one of the sparks that has ignited the high-powered O’Fallon offense. In 31 games, Bauer has banged out thirty hits including 12 doubles.

His potent bat has produced 20 RBI’s – impressive offensive numbers that parallel his defensive statitstics.

“Camden is an excellent player and dedicated worker,” said Panther coach Jason Portz.

“He has been committed to baseball throughout his high school career and that dedication has been rewarded in helping to make him one of our top performers both offensively and defensively. He is a player we rely on to come through for us in clutch situations, and more often than not he has given us a key basehit or made an exceptional play in the field that has turned a game around.”

“Baseball has been in my bloodlines since my great-great uncle, Hank Bauer, played for the New York Yankees,” the Panther senior said. “My dad has coached ever since I can remember, so I am constantly at the field. Between my family’s support and my coaches’ assistance, I have been able to attain success as a by-product of my hard work and dedication.”

“Participating in baseball, and athletics in general, has helped me recognize the importance of details in my life,” Bauer added. “It has enabled me to focus on the little things that can be controlled and to let the rest take care of itself. You cannot control everything in life; you simply have to prepare for success in order to achieve it.”