Hayden Juenger, a junior pitcher on the O’Fallon boys varsity baseball team, is this week’s recipient of the 590 The Fan High School Athlete of the Week award.
Juenger powered the Panthers to a 9-1 victory over Edwardsville last week, striking out five batters and allowing just four hits overs the course of six innings.
“He’s been a guy that’s really established himself as being a top-line guy for us and in our conference. He’s a high-velocity guy , with a developing breaking pitch. He has outstanding composure, likes to compete in big situations, and we’re really glad he’s on our team,” coach Jason Portz said.
Juenger said he’s been playing baseball ever since he picked up the bat at a young age.
“I probably started playing when I was five. It’s something I’ve always grown up on with my dad and mom playing baseball and softball. It kind of just went down through the family and got me here,” Juenger said.
Juenger’s catcher, senior Chase Hackstadt said his pitcher has a fiery attitude when he’s in game mode.
“On the field you don’t want to talk with him because he’s so locked in. You see him after every inning, fist bumping or screaming, he really gets into the game so you kind of want to let him do his own thing,” Hackstadt said.
Even though he hasn’t had a great couple of years Juenger said Adam Wainwright is still his favorite player that he looks up to.