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For the first time in over five years, the Chrisman Junior High will have a baseball team. Coaching that team will be Brice Stratton.
Stratton grew up around baseball and started playing when he was four years old. “I always practiced with my brother and his team,” Stratton said.
Originally from Spencer, Indiana, Stratton graduated high school in 2012 from Bloomington North High School.
While in high school, Stratton continued to play baseball as primarily a catcher. As a versatile player, he could play both corners, infield spots and the outfield. Occasionally, he would pitch as well with a fastball consistently 80-84 mph, topping out at 85-86. As a catcher, he threw 75-75 mph.
“Catcher, Pitcher, 1st base, 3rd base and outfield, I will play and be competitive where ever I’m needed,” said Stratton in a college interview.
In 2015, Brice graduated from Freed-Hardman University in Henderson, Tennessee. At age eighteen, he began giving private lessons and started coaching when he was twenty-one. “I’ve had several coaches impact my baseball career and that made me want to become a coach,” Stratton said.
With the Chrisman Junior High Baseball Team getting the ball rolling on a new season, the news of an opening for a coaching position was just what Stratton was looking for.
“I heard about the opening position for a head coach and had to apply for it. After my interview, I felt good. I have good intentions for this baseball program,” Stratton told us.
The Chrisman Junior High Baseball program hasn’t been up and running in a long time. Most of the kids playing have been participating on different summer baseball teams around the area. Some of the kids have never played baseball before.
“There are going to be plenty of challenges that we will face and we will do everything to overcome them,” Stratton said. “My main goals are to teach the basic fundamentals of the sport to these young kids and have fun while we do so. However our first season turns out, I am hoping the kids grow to love the sport and want to continue to play.”