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Press photo by Linda RothrockJared Angerman has become a mainstay at second base for the Kids after a strong preseason. Press photo by Linda RothrockJared Angerman has become a mainstay at second base for the Kids after a strong preseason.

Angerman, Kids look to make D-11 push

Thursday, April 28, 2016 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Heading into this season, Jared Angerman knew he would have to make the most of his opportunities.

The junior had a good offseason and became a strong candidate for the Konkrete Kids’ second base job. He didn’t waste any time securing the position.

In a preseason scrimmage, Angerman went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, and he realized that his varsity playing time was about to greatly increase.

“Coach (Mick Sugra) told me to make the most of my chances,” recalled Angerman. “He put me in a game and I got a couple of hits. I kept hitting and got more playing time.

“I ended up getting the job at second base. I had a good fall season and I worked as hard as I could. I put in 110 percent. I was looking for a chance, and it worked out for me.”

Angerman hasn’t wasted the spotlight. He has been among the Kids’ leading hitters, as he has hovered around the .500 mark all season.

“Jared (Angerman) has been a constant for us,” said Sugra. “He has some pop in his bat and he hits the ball hard. He makes the plays for us in the field as well. He started as a DH and then got he second base job.

“He has moved from the seven or eight spot into the two-hole for us.”

One of Angerman’s biggest supporters in his life has been his father, Eddie, who helped begin his baseball career at age three. His father broke his hand during his freshman year and the injury deterred him from furthering his baseball career. Angerman acknowledged that his father played after high school. His younger brother, Zach, is a member of the Kids’ JV team.

“My dad showed me the game of baseball and he always pushed me to do better and play the game hard,” said Angerman. “He has been the biggest influence for me.”

Angerman and his father spent the winter working on his hitting two or three times a week at a local batting cage.

“We would rent a cage and he (father) would pitch batting practice to me,” said Angerman. “I knew I had to keep up my hitting. I think it really helped me get off to a good start.”

Angerman always has been a middle infielder and feels more comfortable at second base. One of his more memorable moments was when he threw out the potential tying run on a grounder to him at second while he was playing at the midget baseball level. The play clinched the championship for him and his teammates.

“I’ll always remember making the play and throwing him out,” noted Angerman. “I made a nice play and it was a good celebration for me.”

Angerman believes his team can have a chance to celebrate by clinching a district spot. The Kids began the week with an overall 7-6 mark.

“Our record doesn’t reflect how good we are,” he stated. “We started off playing not to our potential. We had some breakdowns, but I believe we are over them. We have good team chemistry and we can get to districts.

“I started the year slowly, too, but I feel more comfortable out there.”

Angerman has entertained the thought of playing baseball in college. He received some high marks at a prospect camp in Easton last summer. He plans to study pre-med to pursue a career as a dentist.

“The scouts told me that I could definitely help a college team,” said Angerman. “I do want to try and play in college. I know if I work hard I can reach my goals.”

Angerman certainly will keep trying.