The Washington High School baseball program celebrated five seniors and their parents Monday.
Mitchell Driscoll, Cade Hennigan, Kolten Hinrichsen, Chase McDowell and Brant Stout have each been an integral part of the program and their hard work has raised the bar for all future Demons. Each senior has had a major part of the success of the program.
“Collectively these guys have been great,” Washington head coach Nathan Miller said. “Each of the seniors have been great, but this group as a whole has been unbelievably productive for us and for this program.”
The five seniors have been a major part of the success Washington has had this year and last year.
“I know exactly why – they work their rear off,” Miller said. “They have worked real hard all year long and they are all just great kids.”
These seniors’ dedication to the program has been noticed. The program could not experience or accomplish what it has without the strong support the seniors have provided.
“These past five years have been filled with exciting times, but it is important to note the culture that they have helped build as they have been instrumental part of Washington baseball,” Miller said.
Mitchell Driscoll is the son of Mike and Michelle Driscoll. He will attend Iowa State University and major in computer science. His favorite baseball memory was discussing conspiracy theories on bus rides.
“He is really good in the outfield,” Miller said. “Mitchell has given us everything he has got and it has been outstanding. He made one of the best defensive plays ever up at Pella last week, playing centerfield when Cade was pitching.”
Cade Hennigan is the son of Matt and Missy Hennigan. He will attend the University of Iowa. His favorite baseball memories are debunking conspiracy theories on bus rides and the trip down to St. Louis to play in Busch Stadium last year.
“Cade is Mr. Consistency as far as playing in the outfield,” Miller said. “Cade might be the best outfielder I have ever had in my 15 years of coaching. His ability to read a ball off of the bat is incredible. He is a fraction of a second quicker than anybody in knowing where the ball is going. You can almost see him moving just based on the angle of the bat coming through the zone. It is incredible.”
Kolten Hinrichsen is the son of Kurt and Michelle Hinrichsen. He will play baseball at Cornell College next year. His favorite baseball memory is beating Solon last week.
Chase McDowell is the son of Mark and Dana McDowell. He will attend the University of Iowa and major in engineering. His favorite baseball memory is dying mustaches in St. Louis.
“Chase and Kole are the two main stays in our pitching rotation. Both of those guys have found the mentality that it takes to succeed on the mound,” Miller said. “They want the ball and they want to succeed in situations and they have done it for us repeatedly. Chase has taken over the closer roll and Kole has been our dominant No. 1.”
Brant Stout is the son of Gary and Jana Stout. His future plans are undecided. His favorite baseball memory is playing at Busch Stadium last year.
“He has been a solid right fielder for us,” Miller said. “He has been hitting leadoff for us and he’s been hitting No. 6 for us. He is batting over .300.”
The hours of hard work and commitment shown by these seniors have made the program much better.
“I am incredibly proud of the growth these young men have made,” Miller said. “They have been positive, respectful examples of what it means to be a Washington Demon student-athlete. They have made this season one of the most enjoyable seasons to coach.”