Grube's average climbing
After last season, Evan Grube decided that he had to make some chances to his game, primarily on offense if he was to be an effective infielder for the Konkrete Kids.
Grube worked on several techniques with longtime family friend and hitting advisor Bob Ehrlacher, and the play of the senior second baseman has certainly been on the upswing as his club prepares to enter the postseason.
Two weeks ago, Grube went 8-for-8 over a three-game stretch. Over the past few weeks, Grube has raised his average nearly 200 points, as he was hitting around .200 before he raised his mark to close to .375.
"Evan (Grube) has really turned it on lately," said Kids' head coach Mick Sugra. "He (Grube) kept working as hard as he could. He also has been a major reason for our turnaround this season. Evan has done a great job in the field, and now he is also doing it with his bat."
Having a recent run of eight wins in their last 11 games that raised their overall record to 10-8, Grube believes his team can continue their assault.
"Our recent streak has proved to ourselves that we can play with anyone," stated Grube. "We can hit with any team, and we have the pitching to compete. We lost two tough games to Whitehall and Parkland.
"We are in a good groove now and we're playing with a lot of confidence. We have a number of guys who have been playing together for a while."
Grube began playing the game at the age of seven and has never looked back. He cites his overall success to the unbound support of his parents Jeff and Val, both of whom have kept him in the game.
"My dad and mom have been very supportive and motivated me through it all," said Grube. "My dad did whatever I needed to keep me playing."
Grube plans to attend Chestnut Hill College in the greater Philadelphia area next fall to pursue a degree in accounting and likely will keep his baseball career in motion. When he isn't playing baseball - most of the year - Grube enjoys hunting and fishing.
In the meantime, Grube wants to make the most of this final ride with the Kids' and do whatever he can to help avoid another early and dramatic exit in the playoffs. Last season, the Kids' lost to Freedom on a seventh-inning, walk-off homer.
"We really feel we can go deep in the playoffs," said Grube. "We're all playing with a purpose and we do have something to prove."