Warrior senior making the most of healthy senior season

REMUS — When his junior baseball season was shortened after he broke his leg, Chippewa Hills Brett Walcutt was obviously disappointed.
But that’s behind him, and Walcutt is now focusing on having a solid senior season.
He’s played a key role in the Warriors’ 12-0 start prior to Friday action.
Walcutt also has pitched a no-hitter so far against Fremont and has started the season at 2-0. He issued just three walks. It was his first career no-hitter.
“I threw a lot of strikes and let my defense make some great plays behind me,” he said.
It’s his fourth varsity season, and Walcutt appears on be on track for it to be his best.
“We’re off to a great start,” he said.
Getting ahead of hitters has been a strength for Walcutt on the mound. He feel he’s gotten better each season.
Walcutt broke his leg on his home diamond last season when he collided with the left fielder while trying to make a play.
“I knew right away, it didn’t feel right,” he said.
Walcutt was out about four weeks and returned very late in the season. He got back into 100 percent shape about four weeks later.
“I was devastated,” he said. “I just wanted to try to help the team anyway I can.”
He said there’s been no after effects mentally or physically. He tries not to let it bother him.
Walcutt batted more than .400 as a sophomore and indicated he’s a smarter hitter this season.
“I just want to be a leader this year,” he said.
He was honorable mention (freshman) and first team all-conference (sophomore) in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division as a sophomore.
The Warriors were 12-0 prior to Friday action.
“It’s been good pitching and good defense,” Walcutt said. “I knew we could do this. It was just a matter of going out and performing.”
The Warriors have a home invitational today. They are home on Tuesday against Grant and at Reed City next Friday in league play.
“If we keep hitting the ball and throwing strikes, the sky’s the limit,” Walcutt said.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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