Michael Flemming was very good on offense, and very good on defense for the Maryale baseball team last week.
At the plate, he went 12 for 20 including seven doubles. Flemming drove in 15 runs, scored eight runs, and stole five bases. Then on defense, he threw out four runners attempting to steal, and picked off two others.
The catcher was a big reason why Maryvale went 4-2 last week. He's the Prep Talk Male Athlete of the Week.
Name: Michael Flemming
School: Maryvale Flyers
Uniform number: 20
Coach Ryan Mohr on Michael: "Mike has been absolutely on fire for us. In 10 games this year he is hitting .567 (17 for 30) with one home run, 23 RBIs and 14 runs scored. He has also drawn seven walks.
"Mike hits in the No. 4 spot for us and just has a great approach at the plate. He has the ability to work counts, hits effectively with two strikes, and has the discipline to take good pitchers' pitches and jump on pitches in locations that he hits the best. He also excels as a catcher. He does a tremendous job keeping opponents run game in check and our pitchers have the confidence to be able to spike a curveball in the dirt with two strikes because he is a wall behind the plate. "
How has your season gone so far? Our team started off very strong this season, coming up with some big wins against good teams. Our whole batting order is really pulling through offensively, batting in runs at key times.
Highlight of athletic career so far: Hit my first varsity home-run against Pioneer earlier this season.
Favorite thing about my sport: Catching. I love to be involved in every play and to have control over the game.
Favorite teammate and why: Anthony Hernandez. Anthony and I have been close friends through baseball and personally since 6th grade. Since then, we've been pushing each other non-stop to become better baseball players.
Toughest opponent and why: Alden was a tough test for us earlier this year, losing 7-5. They know how to hit the ball hard and have a solid pitching staff that we know is going to give us a challenge this season.
Pro/college athlete I admire now and why: I've always watched Yadier Molina play as a kid and the intensity he brings to the game is what made me want to become a catcher.
Favorite school subject: Economics
What’s ahead (athletics and/or academics): I'm attending ECC in the fall to continue playing baseball and study business.