Lewis-Palmer senior Brady Choban’s days of wearing multiple hats on the baseball diamond are coming to a close, but he’s making them count.
Choban, a Marshall commit, plans to focus on pitching at the next level.
Right now, he’s pitching, hitting and manning first base and excelling in all three disciplines.
As of Monday, Choban had a 2-0 record on the mound with a 1.40 earned run average and 17 strikeouts against six hits in 10 innings of work. He’s batting an even .500 at the plate with two homers, seven RBIs and 12 runs scored in 22 plate appearances. He’s stolen seven bases in as many attempts and owns a perfect fielding percentage on 24 chances.
“You look at the high school ranks, he’s about as well-rounded as it really comes,” Lewis-Palmer coach Brett Lester said. “He throws well, hits well and his awareness of the game is just second to none.”
Last week, Choban helped the Rangers to a pair of wins over Falcon, extending a season-opening win streak to six games. On Tuesday, he picked up the win on the mound, striking out eight and allowing six hits and a pair of earned runs in six innings while going 2 for 3 at the dish with a pair of doubles, an RBI, two runs scored with a stolen base. He followed up with a two run-homer in a pair of plate appearances Thursday to earn Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week.
He’s doing his part as the Rangers look to improve on last year’s finish in the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference and make a trip to state.
“We’re excited, but we know we’re just getting started,” Choban said. “We’ve got all of conference play to go. We’ve got a couple tough games with Air Academy, Cheyenne Mountain.”
With a 6-foot-5 frame, velocity estimated by Lester in the upper 80s and three pitches he can consistently throw for strikes, it’s easy to see what Division I coaches liked about Choban.
“I think my biggest strength is just my height,” Choban said. “I’m 6-5, I have such a downward angle it makes it really hard on hitters to get underneath the ball and really make good contact.”
Now, he’s focusing on command, while Lester thought the Thundering Herd coaches would work to cut down the 60 feet, 6 inches from the mound to the plate.
“I think the first thing they’ll probably do at Marshall is maybe lengthen out his stride a little bit mechanically on the mound,” Lester said. “If they can get him a little bit longer, I mean, the kid’s all arms and legs right now. He’s definitely solid, but he’s still projectable too.”
Choban spent the fall with the Colorado Rockies scout team and traveled to Las Vegas and Arizona to face others from the region. That experience helped him come back for his final high school season with added confidence.
"You end up coming out here after playing such good competition that are also getting scouted, you come out here and it’s like, ‘Alright. This is a little bit easier, but I gotta keep it going, keep that same confidence, keep that same belief that you’re going up against good hitters,'" Choban said.
It’s showing so far.
Other Peak Performers
Brayden Dillingham, Calhan
Dillingham led the Bulldogs to a 5-0 week, batting .300 with eight RBIs, including a homer in a 9-1 win over Byers on Wednesday. He also picked up a pair of wins and a save on the mound, allowing just one run with 11 strikeouts over nine innings.
Mark Garrett, Air Academy
The junior scored six goals and added an assist in a 23-1 thrashing of St. Mary’s on Friday. Earlier in the week, he scored three goals in a 9-6 loss to Windsor. He’s up 13 goals and three assists, as Air Academy is 2-3 on the year.
Lucy Johnson, Rampart
The senior scored 11 goals in two Rams wins last week. She opened with five goals in an 11-10 win over St. Mary’s Academy on Monday and followed with six goals against Grand Junction on Saturday. She leads Rampart with 24 goals in five games.
Sarah Miller, Palmer Ridge
Miller, a sophomore, helped the Bears knock off Liberty with a brace on Wednesday. The Lancers took a 1-0 lead to the second half before Miller scored twice, her second goal coming in the final minutes. The game-winner was her third goal of the season.
Boys swimming and diving
Isaac Shyrock, Rampart
The senior led the Rams to a 101-68 dual win over Fountain-Fort Carson on Tuesday by winning a pair of events. Shyrock won the 50 freestyle in 23.83 seconds and the 500 free in 5 minutes, 29.38 seconds.
Keelie Bennett, Palmer Ridge
Bennett, a sophomore, helped deliver a 6-1 win over Discovery Canyon with her win at No. 1 singles on Tuesday, but it didn’t come easily. After taking the first set 6-4 Discovery Canyon’s Mattie Kuntzelman took the second 7-5. Bennett outlasted her opponent, taking the match with a 10-7 win in the third set.
Boys track and field
Jalen Lyon, Fountain-Fort Carson
The senior helped the Trojans win the Palmer Terror Invitational by 23 points on Saturday. Lyon won the 200 meters in 21.83 seconds, nearly a second ahead of second place, and edged Harrison’s Tyrese VanHorne with a 47.81 in the 400. Fountain-Fort Carson swept the relays.
Girls track and field
Aliyah George, Liberty
George helped the Lancers finish third at the Palmer Inviational on Saturday, winning a pair of races. She took the 200 in 25.70 seconds, more than a second ahead of Palmer Ridge’s Grace Gulig. Her 59.01 400 beat The Classical Academy’s Chantae Steele by roughly half a second. Liberty also won the 4x100 relay.