Nico Baumbach began the 2017 baseball season as a bit of an unknown quantity. He finished as a first-team Star-Telegram Super Team selection from the Euless Trinity baseball team.
Baumbach was just a sophomore this past year, part of a youth movement. He finished the season batting .376 with 18 RBI and nine extra-base hits.
As a freshman in 2016 he showed promise, playing up with the JV-A team. But Trojans head coach Will Averitt admits he wanted more from Baumbach that freshman year.
“We hoped he could be an impact player for us,” Averitt said. “We thought he could hit the ball well.”
After some struggles at the JV level, Baumbach went to work.
Sometimes you know the team is relying on you. I didn’t think about being a team leader at first, until I became comfortable.
Nico Baumbach, on living up to his Star-Telegram Super Team selection
“The key thing for him was he kept working,” Averitt said. “He and his dad spent a lot of time in the cages. All summer long before his sophomore season. That’s where I think he figured things out. He was up there almost daily. When we started out this season, he had it figured out and hit the ball well all season.”
Despite stepping up to the varsity level, the sophomore campaign fared better, and Baumbach, though still an underclassman, will be expected to help lead this young Trojans baseball team next year.
“You always have to be on your A-game,” Baumbach said about stepping into the varsity squad. “I just knew I had to play my role, hitting especially. I didn’t know at first I would play a big role, but I was able to step up in some big situations and continue to hit.”
“We thought he definitely had the tools,” Averitt added. “Sure enough, he stepped in there and hit the ball well all season.”
His efforts were recognized by writers at the Star-Telegram.
“I was shocked at first,” he said. “I didn’t even know about it until someone tagged me. It was kind of big news because there are a lot of big names on [the Super Team]. All that hard work I did in the cages every day paid off.”
Baumbach is again putting the work in this summer. Along with playing in the local high school summer league with Trinity teammates, he’s joined up with the Austin Banditos. He explained the team helps showcase him to college scouts and coaches.
All the summer baseball should benefit Trinity next spring. Baumbach knows that with the accolades comes expectations.
“You have to take opportunity once you get comfortable,” he said. “Sometimes you know the team is relying on you. I didn’t think about being a team leader at first, until I became comfortable.”
Not only is Nico getting more comfortable, he’s getting stronger.
“I think what’s scary is that he’s got raw power,” Averitt said. “His body has changed a little bit from working out in the weight room. His body is starting to mature and he’s growing into that body. He’s only going to get stronger and that’s what we’re excited about. The sky is the limit for him as he continues to work out and get stronger.”