Prep baseball

T.F. North's Turner looking for a big year

2013-04-03T17:00:00Z 2013-04-04T04:00:07Z T.F. North's Turner looking for a big yearMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
April 03, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

CALUMET CITY | T.F. North's Zack Turner may have the chance to do what major league ballplayers Bert Campaneris, Cesar Tovar, Scott Sheldon or Shane Halter once did.

All played nine positions in a game.

While he hasn't done it in one game, Turner played every position last year except catcher. His versatility came out of necessity according to Meteors coach Mike Kosiara.

"Wherever we needed him, Zack went and did a good job," Kosiara said. "The thing is, he was pretty good wherever I put him."

As a sophomore, he was a Times First-Team All-Area pick as well as a South Suburban Blue First-Team selection. he hit .425 with 51 hits, 27 RBIs and was 3-2 with 20 strikeouts for a struggling team which was 18-19. He also had a .963 fielding percentage.

"It really wasn't that big of a deal because I love baseball and it helped the team," Turner said. "It really gives you a chance to learn about the different positions because you never know when I might have to do it this year."

Kosiara said Turner will play mostly first base and pitch. His freshman year, he was a third baseman.

"That was the 'hot corner' and playing varsity, I ahd to be ready on every pitch," Turner said. "Moving to first, you are in on a lot of the action, but it is a little different because you are taking the throws (from other infielders)."

He said he welcomes being on the mound.

"I've worked on a few things and I think I can help us as a pitcher," Turner said. " "My job is to not get frustrated and to keep the other guys calm when things aren't going our way."

Turner is also optimistic about the Meteors improving their 4-13 SSC Blue mark from a year ago.

"We got a pretty good team and we are pretty optimistic we can win some games," Turner said. "We want to have a winning record."

 

 

 

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