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“It’s going, going… gone!”

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Joelle Toby

“Wildly Talented.”
“Unlimited Potential.”
“Future Phenom.”
These are all ways Varsity Baseball Coach Jeffrey Shillington described Freshman Baseball Player Kaiko Wyrbkowski.
Wyrybkowski is hot at the plate right now. He is currently leading Sunnyslope’s freshman team on a 13-3 record hoping to close out the last game of the season with a win on monday.
This season Wyrybkowski has one of the highest national batting averages and one of the lowest ERAs, with a batting average of .551 and an era of 1.15, for the freshmen class of 2027, according to Max Preps.
Wyrybkowski’s determination has helped his dominating success in being one of the best freshmen in the country.
Although Wyrybkowski is dominating during his at bats, he also is an extremely successful pitcher and a great guy to have on the team.
But what does it take to perform at this high of a level?
It takes time to develop talent and it requires lots of hard work outside of practice.
“The individual work that I put in is playing ‘Mlb The Show’ because it gets the hands engaged and my hand eye coordination gets better,” said Wyrybkowski.
When athletes at this young of an age have lots of talent it can wear off on the person and make them turn into a negative or cocky person.
“Kaiko is a good leader, very funny, and an all around good baseball player,” said Freshman Matthew Workman.
“Kaiko is a great pitcher and is able to get a lot of strikeouts and weak contact, so when he pitches a quick inning it makes the whole team perform better,” said Workman.
Wyrybkowski is a very good all around baseball player but it takes more than one person to create a winning team.
“It all started over summer[:] lifting weights and pl aying games to get to know each other. At first everyone was a bit timid because we didn’t know each other but now we have a very strong family-like bond” said Freshman Owen Ornelas.
It takes a lot of courage, determination, hard work, and effort to become good at any sport or hobby; Wyrybkowski is a great example of this.
The Sunnyslope Freshman team is currently on a roll this season and it would be a very different season without team leader Kaiko Wyrybkowski.

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