PURE PREPS: Bren Taylor putting up monster numbers for Eastern York High baseball team
When your team isn't having an outstanding season, it's sometimes easy for a standout player to fly under the radar.
That's certainly been the case with Eastern York High School junior Bren Taylor.
Taylor is enjoying a baseball season that is nothing short of extraordinary, but because his Golden Knights are just 5-9 this season, Taylor's exploits haven't garnered a whole lot of attention.
Taylor's numbers, however, certainly merit some recognition.
Entering Tuesday's battle against Littlestown, Taylor is hitting .640, with 32 hits in 50 at-bats, including eight doubles, five triples and two homers. He has 18 RBIs and 24 runs scored, not to mention 10 stolen bases.
His slugging percentage is a whopping 1.120. His head coach, Brett Heiser, said the 5-foot, 11-inch, 175-pound shortstop/relief pitcher is a line-drive machine.
"He is hitting .640 through 14 games without one soft hit," Heiser said. "Of his 18 outs, eight have probably been line drives right at someone. ... I can't imagine anyone else in the York-Adams (League) can match those numbers."
In a comeback win over Delone, Taylor hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats, and then in his fifth at-bat, hit a ball over the center-fielder's head for a walk-off single and a dramatic 9-8 win.
Saturday against Hanover, he nearly hit for the cycle again, belting a single, double and triple in his first three at-bats.
"Bren is a soft-spoken leader who just plays the game how it is supposed to be played," Heiser said. "(He's a) great kid."
Taylor's success in 2018 isn't a one-season wonder. He hit .479 a season ago with 13 extra-base hits. He has 92 career hits in his three seasons at Eastern. With eight hits over Eastern's final six games, he would reach 100 hits for his career by the end of his junior season.
"He is a great fielder, has a good arm, runs well, hits for average and hits for power," Heiser said. "I guess that's what they call a five-tool player."
Heiser said that Taylor, who throws right and bats left, hopes to play college baseball and NCAA Division II Millersville University has shown interest in him.
"He is part of a really young team with only two seniors and two other juniors," Heiser said. "We have five freshmen and four sophomores that he has set a great example for. The whole team really looks to him as a leader on the field."
Reach Steve Heiser at email@example.com.