Kyle Storemski has played baseball since the age of four. He remembers driving to games, listening to music with his family, and having fun.
Going into high school, Storemski knew what he wanted to do.
“My original goal was to make the team. I didn’t care what team as long as I could play,” he said. “As soon as I got that, my goal shifted to start on the district game days at the varsity levels.”
“After I got there I wanted to keep playing as long as I could and maintain my strong position,” Storemski added. “My goals were set to play at the next level after high school because I wanted to play baseball for as long as I possibly can.”
After his junior season, Storemski officially committed to Baylor University, though the process of his recruitment wasn’t what you would call normal.
Storemski was injured the entire summer season, which for baseball recruiting is one of the most important times.
Still, the Baylor coaches took notice.
“Coach Strauss [Baylor’s pitching coach] cane to watch me at a tournament in Georgia the summer going into my junior year. That put me on the radar,” he said.
Strauss then took time out of the college season to watch Storemski play a game with Stratford, which is not too common.
“I got the opportunity from them and took it,” Storemski said of Baylor offering him a scholarship after watching his high school game.
Storemski also emphasized the help he received from his coaches, in and outside of school.
“My baseball coaches realized my potential before I was even aware of what I was capable of. They go out of their way to improve my technique and strength, improving my game,” he said. “They coach a lot of people and in that environment, there are many athletes at all different ages and skill levels.
“Coach Humphreys at Stratford and his father were very well connected with the baseball community and would reach out to schools and get me exposure to college programs.”
His baseball talent is well known, though what not many know is that Storemski was also on the State Championship Stratford Swim team.
“My swim coach at Stratford, Coach Hoskovec, taught me personal responsibility and discipline. I credit him with my competitive nature,” he said.
“My perspective on being a multi-sport athlete was that I loved both sports. Both sports can be year-round sports and club season [for baseball] was summer for me,” Storemski said.
“I swam early [in the] summer for my neighborhood, but I never swam club. Instead, I played club baseball year-round,” he added. “I got more exposure to the baseball community than I did with the swimming community since I played baseball in the summer.”
“No one ever wants to have to give up something they love doing and that they’ve been doing their whole life, but I knew I would have to drop one eventually. Since I had the best opportunity in baseball, I went with it,” he said.
Kyle Storemski will be playing his last season with the Spartans in 2019 and looks toward what will come in his Division 1 baseball opportunity at Baylor University.
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