MIDLOTHIAN – There are plenty of reasons to label Brad Younts’ senior year a “dream season.” A lot of things went right for the Midlothian pitcher.
Younts is happy with what he was able to accomplish but was left with an uneasy feeling when it was all said and done. Now, he'll get the chance to remedy that.
Last week, Younts became the third baseball player from this year's senior class to commit himself to playing baseball at the collegiate level signing on with Northwood University.
“It’s awesome. I’m just really excited to get to this level. I can't be more grateful for what I've done,” Younts said. “Towards the end I didn't do so good but I'm going to pick it up. I've got a lot to learn that's for sure.”
The good things for Younts were evident – he led the Panthers in innings pitched (47.67), wins (three) and strikeouts (27). His 2.35 ERA was second lowest among regular starters.
For his efforts, Younts was named the Midlothian golden arm award winner at the end-of-season banquet two weeks ago. He also earned honorable mention all-district honors while being named academic all-district and honorable mention academic all-state.
While all those honors were well deserved, his biggest thrill of the season came in a March 15 game against Duncanville when Younts threw a no-hitter, the second-straight season Midlothian has had a senior throw a no-hit effort.
It’s performances like that which have coach Ray Hydes excited about the possiblities for his veteran pitcher.
“Bradley’s an outstanding kid. He just works extremely hard. He was probably our most consistent pitcher this year,” Hydes said. “He's got three pitches and that night against Duncanville he just threw the ball exceptionally well, was moving it in and out, hitting his spots and that was huge for him and our program. Any time a kid can go out and do that you're excited about it.”
The uneasy feeling Younts was left with came in his final high school appearance against Mansfield in the regular season finale. Younts and the Panthers needed a win to secure a spot in the playoffs but ran into a late-surging Tiger team that played spoiler. Younts took the loss that night as the Panthers were forced to play a playoff play-in game the following day against Grand Prairie. The team fell in that game 3-1 to miss the postseason for the first time in nearly a decade.
While it was a sour note to end on, Younts is optimistic about creating a new memory at the college level to replace that one. He isn’t quite sure what his role will be once the season comes around as the Northwood coaches want to see him work some innings in summer baseball to determine how they might use him.
The good news is he’ll be close by as the school is just a few miles away in the Cedar Hill area. He hopes to have a cheering section behind him when he does take the hill.
“That was kind of a bonus that I could commute there. It was also easy on Mom and Dad’s checkbook. It's very convenient,” Younts said. “Hopefully the coaches there will teach me stuff and I'm ready to learn a lot there and improve my game.”
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