SOUTH HOLLAND | Someday, Nick Tanniehill hopes to cover the game he loves.
The Seton Academy senior wants to not only be a writer, but a sportswriter.
"I just love to write and English is my favorite class," Tanniehill said. "I also love sports, especially baseball. I wrote a paper on how I progressed as a baseball player. It was something I liked doing."
His progression as a baseball player is a good story. At 5-foot-6, Tanniehill doesn't appear overpowering on the mound, but he uses his smarts to get hitters out.
"I just work the corners and set up my fastball with off-speed pitches," Tanniehill said. "I throw in the 80s (mph), but if you have some good pitches, you can make the fastball seem a little faster."
Tanniehill is 2-1 with a 0.88 ERA, 21 strikeouts and 14 walks. He has given up six hits in 16 innings of work. On April 2, he struck out eight in a five-inning no-hitter against Perspectives Calumet.
"Just because you are not tall, that is no excuse," Tanniehill said. "You can make yourself into a good ballplayer."
Tanniehill is .484 with 12 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts. As a team, the Sting has stolen 86 bases in 93 attempts.
"You just have to learn and study the game," Tanniehill said. "Our coach, Mr. (James) Thornton has one a great job teaching us the game and making me and my teammates better players. I consider myself fortunate to be able to play baseball.
Thornton said Tanniehill has done a lot to make himself better.
"He's one of those kids who studies the game, studies hitters and works on his mechanics," Thornton said. "Nick is always staying after practice, whether to hit or to just work on his pitching mechanics."
Tanniehill, a Calumet City resident, will play baseball at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi.
"I am fortunate to have a chance to play in college," Tanniehill said. "Not too many kids have that chance. It is an opportunity to play ball and get an education."
For now, the 2012 Catholic League Red selection have some short-term goals. Seton is off to an 8-3 start.
"We want to win the conference again and make a run (in the Class 2A playoffs)," Tanniehill said. "We have improved every year and we want to keep going."