(4-9-17) Celina’s (Ohio) Seth Lonsway (Senior – P) is this week’s SSN National High School Player of the Week.
On Monday, Lonsway went 6 innings, striking out 17 (of 18 outs), no walks and a 5th inning two-out double to St. Henry’s Curtis Uhlenhake that broke up the perfect game. Todd Freeman pitched the 7th inning to give Lonsway and the Bulldogs a 4-0 win.
Lonsway, after the St. Henry win, was tied with Jake Sutter (1994-96) for the all-time career Bulldog record of 183 strikeouts, but on Saturday in an 8-1 win over Sidney he passed that with 11 K’s (6 innings) and now holds the school record of 194.
Sidney Head Coach Thomas Goffena told the Sidney Daily News:
“There is a reason Seth Lonsway is going to Ohio State to pitch and that there were pro scouts at the game. He was a great pitcher that we got to a little early, but once he settled down you just had to tip your cap to the pitcher. He was impressive to watch as a baseball fan.”
Celina Head Baseball Coach Andy Mikesell:
Seth Lonsway is a rare combination of talent and work-ethic. I have never seen someone dedicate themselves to a sport like he has to baseball and making himself as good as he can be. As a freshman we felt we had a college baseball player, but as he grew and worked it became clear he was going to be an elite college pitcher if not more. Though, he seemed to always have knocks on him from different scouts that he was too small or that with his frame he wasn’t going to be able to gain enough velocity. So, in the last 2 off-seasons he proceeded to add 15-20 pounds of muscle living in the weight room, increase his velocity by 5-6mph, sharpen his curveball and develop a change-up.
In my mind he is now the best pitcher in the state and right there with the best in the country. After 2 outings this year he has 27Ks, 1BB, 2hits, and 0runs in 11 innings with a fastball at 94mph. And he has yet to have a good game where he is controlling all of his pitches. Not to mention we have not played in a game above 55 degrees or a game with any sort of sunshine. He his definitely a rare athlete but most importantly a rare person. He has gone through so much in his short life and has always maintained an exceptional personal standard and humility. He is always willing to help out with younger players, field maintenance or just any odd job I have for baseball or personally; he has always been there to help whoever needed it.
This is his senior year and he will / deserves to go on and do great things in this game and though we will definitely miss the great player he is, we will miss the young man he has become even more.
Next season Lonsway will continue his career in college at Ohio State.