DARKE COUNTY – A pair of Mississinawa Valley athletes are this week’s Daily Advocate athletes of the week.
This week’s Daily Advocate athletes of the week are Mississinawa Valley baseball player Devan Rinderle and Mississinawa Valley softball player Paxton Scholl.
Rinderle is off to a torrid start at the plate as he leads all Darke County baseball players with a .575 batting average this season. The Blackhawks’ leadoff hitter has 23 hits including four doubles in his first 40 at-bats of the season.
The Mississinawa Valley senior has a .646 on-base percentage having also walked six times and having been hit by two pitches.
“His job is to get on base,” Mississinawa Valley baseball coach Max Guillozet said. “That’s the job he’s doing right now. He’s doing whatever it takes to get on base.”
In addition to having a great season at the plate, Rinderle also is excelling on defense. Having moved to short stop from second base this season, Rinderle has adapted well.
“He’s done a great job there,” Guillozet said. “He’s making great plays there. He’s keeping his errors to a minimum. He’s done a real nice job in that position.”
Rinderle is a three-year varsity player, but he’s playing a lot better this year compared to past seasons, Guillozet said. With his experience, he’s putting everything together.
“There’s no compassion this year to last year,” Guillozet said. “He’s definitely getting it done this year. Definitely.”
In addition to being a great player, Rinderle also has been a leader for his team.
“Devan is a senior, and he helps those younger guys out, too,” Guillozet said. “He’s been a good leader.”
Scholl also is having a great season at the plate for Mississinawa Valley. MV’s cleanup hitter leads the Lady Hawks with a .425 batting average and 13 RBIs, both of which are among the best in all of Darke County.
“Offensively she’s doing real good,” Mississinawa Valley softball coach Jeff Adams said. “Putting the ball in play for us. I put her in the four hole just because she makes good contact.”
In addition to getting it done at the plate, Scholl has shown signs of brilliance as a pitcher, too. The sophomore threw a no-hitter against Fairlawn, striking out five while walking just one.
“She’s done a wonderful job,” Adams said.
Scholl has excelled because of the hard work she puts into her game, Adams said. That hard work has given her self-confidence a boost and resulted in even better play on the field, he said, and she’s only going to get better.
“She’s got a lot of heart, a lot of drive,” Adams said. “Great kid to coach. She’ll listen to you, do whatever you ask of her and give it everything she’s got.”
Kyle Shaner may be reached at 937-569-4316. Follow me on Twitter @KShanerAdvocate or get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.