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He carried that devotion to the plate, emerging as a two-way threat this spring.
Sewruk went 4-2 on the mound with a 1.08 WHIP, and 48 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings. The lefty Benedictine recruit tossed a no-hitter at DeKalb. He lost jut two games over three varsity seasons.
At the plate, Sewruk hit .394 with 43 hits and 23 runs batted in, both team-highs.
“We had great expectations for him as a pitcher,” Yorkville coach Scott Luken said, “but the offense he put up was spectacular. He really picked up the slack.”
For these achievements Stephen Sewruk is the Record/Ledger Player of the Year.
Sewruk is not a big ego guy, and can be soft spoken. He was, though, clearly not happy when Luken told him he’d be a pitcher-only as a sophomore. Sewruk understood he had to grow as a hitter, and get bigger and stronger. He lifted five days a week, hit for four days.
Yorkville assistant Scott Malinowski helped with Sewruk’s mental approach, and also helped tweak his open stance to get square to the pitcher.