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Bright future ahead for Brummel

(Henry Brummel pitches, photo by Marlon Eilts, submitted to EOCI)

Pontiac High School baseball standout Henry Brummel has caught the eye of the majors.

Scouts started to show up to Brummel’s games quite a bit in the past month to see him. In fact, there were around 20 at one of the games.

“I’ve talked to the Pirates, Guardians, Rays and the White Sox in person so far,” Brummel told Eye On Central Illinois this week.

The PTHS senior and soon-to-be graduate is normally the starting pitcher for the Indians and will come in every once in a while as a relief pitcher if needed or if they are in a tight game.

Brummel looks back fondly on his high school baseball career.

“For me, it’s been fun. I’ve made plenty of memories along the way and lots of new friends.”

Indiana University is up next for Brummel where he will study business and pitch on the baseball team. After exploring various college options, he settled on something that wasn’t too far away from home.

“I was talking to college coaches freshman year for baseball,” Brummel recalls.

Though he played basketball all four years of high school and golfed his sophomore and junior years, he fell in love with baseball and hasn’t looked back. He made several friends along the way and played on some great teams.

Freshman year was the toughest for Brummel since he was new to the school and it was also the COVID year.

“Each year, I got progressively better and better,” he said. “Everything was going in the right direction and it got me where I am today.”

Brummel has good memories of his time on the court too as his team made it to the super-sectional his junior year. The prior season, the team knew big things could be coming.

In addition to playing in a Galesburg tournament this weekend, Brummel joins his fellow seniors and graduates from Pontiac Township High School on Sunday afternoon. Then, it’s on to baseball regionals next week at home.

Brummel attributes a large part of his success to learning things from everyone else. If kids come up to him, he always tells them to not be afraid to ask questions.

“The more information, the better.”

Though he has spoken with many other teams, Brummel admits he has always been a big Cubs fan, noting they are doing well now and are fun to watch.

Could Brummel be wearing Cubbie blue someday?  Time will tell.

(Pontiac's Henry Brummel shown on the field, photo provided)




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