PREP BASEBALL

Scroczynski leads Vikings into regional semifinal

2013-05-23T18:23:00Z 2014-06-27T23:00:26Z Scroczynski leads Vikings into regional semifinalMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com

Tyler Sroczynski admits he is not your typical leadoff man.

The senior has power as he has hit eight home runs this season. He is also batting .514 with a .979 slugging percentage.

"I swing at a lot of first pitches," Sroczynski said. "My job is to get on and get things going and if that first pitch looks good, I will swing at it."

The only thing that has slowed him was a recent gum surgery which forced him to miss three games.

He is also not afraid to lay down a bunt when he comes up with others on.

"You try to help the team any way you can," Sroczynski said. "If bunting them over helps us, then I will do it."

Sroczynski, who will take his talents to Grand Valley State next season, is a combination of speed and power said Illiana coach Dan Gibson.

"When Tyler is going good at the plate, it seems like we do well offensively," Gibson said. "He could bat anywhere, but we feel he is good at the top of the order."

Gibson said his homers are well-timed.

"He hits those in the middle of the game when there are guys on and we get runs across," Gibson said. "He just does what he can to get on or to bring a guy across."

The third baseman also has 22 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. He has 38 hits and scored 34 runs.

"God has blessed me with the ability and I am fortunate," Sroczynski said. "I just go out there, in fact, our whole team goes out there and we play together."

Missing the three games was tough for the Dyer resident, especially against rival T.F. South.

"I played with most of those guys my whole life," said Sroczynski, who grew up in Lansing. "I know those guys real well and would have liked to have played in that game."

While he is looking forward to Grand Valley State, Sroczynski does not want his high school career to end yet. The Vikings play Bremen today in one semifinal of the Class 3A Illiana Christian Regional.

"We just have to come out and play a good game," Sroczynski said. "I have to get it started, but we know Bremen is a real good team."

                     

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