|Korey Dunbar is Diamond Gamer of the Week|
|Written by The Herald-Dispatch|
|Saturday, 14 April 2012 16:09|
Nitro High School's Korey Dunbar is the recipient of our Diamond Gamer of the Week award this week. Korey is the sole senior and leader of this group of Wildcats, doing whatever it may take to win, including a little pitching duty.
Now, Korey will tell you he's no pitcher, but the stats don't lie. Last week he pitched 8 innings and struck out 22 batters, with 20 of those coming from a single game. He also failed to give up a run on only 3 hits.
When asked about his success Korey replied, "my dedication to the game has really helped me. Whether it's in hitting lessons, work in the weight room, practice, school; I really try to get after it and work hard in everything I do."
He hasn't let up at the plate, either -- that is, when he gets a pitch good enough to hit. You see, teams know how lethal a hitter he is and are pitching the ball everywhere but over the plate to make the other 8 players in the lineup beat them. A third of the way through the season, Korey has amassed 10 walks, but is posting a .516 average with 7 doubles, 1 home run and 7 RBIs this season.
"Yeah it's frustrating, but a walk is as good as a hit to me. With me going on to play at North Carolina or possibly going to play pro ball, it will definitely help me become a better hitter with better plate discipline," says Dunbar.
Private hitting coach Kyle Jones had this to say about his star pupil: "He's probably one of the hardest workers in the state of West Virginia. He's got a goal in mind and he really gets after it both on the field as well as in the weight room. He makes adjustments very easily (at the plate) and has gotten progressively better with his skills, not to mention physically bigger and stronger each year I've worked with him."
Korey has big expectations for his team and for good reason; they have the tools necessary to do well in the state tournament. When you couple that with hard work, it's a recipe for success and Korey knows this, saying, "Basically, we wanted to tell our guys to have a blue-collar mentality. Every year, our goal is nothing less than going to the state tournament and winning a state championship. Although we still have a long way to go, they come out every day and give it their all and I'm proud of them."
Head Coach Steve Pritchard had this to say about his star senior, "Korey is the only senior we've got and if you're only gonna have one senior on your team, Korey Dunbar is the one to have. He's a winner on and off the field and as good of a player as he is, he's an even better person which is saying a lot about his character. A lot of times you have kids who have tons of talent but you have to worry about their actions off the field or their intensity and attention to detail, but not with Korey, he's the total package."
Korey is a highly motivated and hard-working individual and for good reason. When asked about his inspiration for the game he answered, "It would have to be my grandmother, she passed away two years ago, but she's always been a person I've looked up to; just the way she chose to live her life. That's the way I want to live my life. I go out there and dedicate the way I play to her."
Korey has a 4.28 weighted GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mu Alpha Theta, and a newly formed History Honor Society.
Please look for other local area high school athletes to be named next week's Diamond Gamer of the Week sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald.
Matt Smith, MS, ATC, CSCS, is the Potential PLUS Program Director at Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 14 April 2012 16:10|