Shining Star: Kelly Fitzpatrick

Shining Star:  Kelly Fitzpatrick

It’s fair to say that the coaching staff at Mt. Spokane High School had a pretty good idea that Kelly Fitzpatrick was going to be an impact player on the diamond.

“As a 7th and 8th grader, he was always knocking down our doors, trying to get into the gym – trying to practice with the big kids,” says Mt. Spokane head coach Alex Schuerman.

Not only was Kelly Fitzpatrick eager to play at the next level, but he was eager to win, which may be the reason he’s one of the best pitchers in the GSL.

Shining Star: Kelly Fitzpatrick

“What I really try to focus on is going out and getting ahead of guys and from there just hitting my spots and mixing in off-speed [pitches],” says Fitzpatrick, who totes a 3.67 GPA.

“The last three years he’s been like an ace  a power guy, and every night out you know you’re going to get seven innings out of him and he’s going to give you a chance to win,” adds Schuerman.

Typically speaking, left-handers are a bit quirky, and what makes Kelly different, is that he doesn’t really have a dominant hand.  He can’t even decide which hand he eats with.

“If I’m hungry I usually go both handed, but it just kind of depends on my seating location.”

From the right side of the dish, he’s devouring pitching, leading the Mt. Spokane offense as the 3-hole hitter. But it’s his talent on the mound that’s earned him a spot on the Washington State roster next year.

“The Pac-12, that’s going to be fun to pitch in because that’s the conference for baseball,” says Fitzpatrick. “It doesn’t get much better than that.”

He already sounds eager to play, and eager to win at that level as well.