VIENNA, Va. June 11—After the first week of the 2007, the Senators sit second in the Clark Griffith League standings with a record of 6-3.
Part of the team’s success in its start to defend its league title and garner an unprecedented ninth league championship has been Kyle Kretchmer, a rising sophomore from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. His fielding and solid batting performance has made him an important part of the 2007 Senators.
Kretchmer, who has been a fixture in right field for the Senators, has wielded a mighty bat for Vienna nine games into the season, batting a solid .320 for the team. What’s more impressive is that he is second on the team in RBIs with seven, and is leading the team in doubles with three.
Kretchmer saw his first season of action this spring with the UNLV Rebels after red-shirting in 2006. As a senior at Carmel High School, Kretchmer hit .442, slugged 13 home runs and collected 41 RBIs. Not only did he succeed in baseball, he also earned All-MTAC honors as a junior and senior in basketball.
And he’s found success with the Senators early this season.
Kretchmer, a Novato, Calif. native, has showcased his power-hitting capabilities this week too. He blasted a huge homer to center field to put the Senators up 8-2 against the DC Grays at Fairfax High School on June 7. In that game, the 6’6” athlete went 3-for-3 and scored four runs. His production helped propel the Senators to a 20-7 win, which was the team’s first victory against a Clark Griffith League opponent of the season.
On its player biography of Kretchmer, UNLV states he is a first baseman who could see some time as a designated hitter. While he has played those positions for UNLV, this summer Kretchmer’s been testing a new position—right field.
In playing outfield for Vienna, Kretchmer has been a perfect fielder and has made nine putouts and one assist in his first week. He has also seen time as a designated hitter in the Senators lineup.
Kretchmer will be an important factor in the Senators’ campaign to collect a ninth Clark Griffith League title and a second consecutive appearance in the National Baseball Congress World Series this summer.
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