May 18, 2015

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Former John A. Logan College baseball standout, Keelin Rasch, just completed his collegiate career at the University of Louisiana-Monroe and proved to be every bit the hitter there that he was for the Volunteers in 2012 and 2013.

A Harrisburg native, Rasch pounded the ball this past season for the 25-29 Warhawks, who fell short of qualifying for the conference tournament. Rasch led the team in hits (78); batting average (.359); tied for first in home runs (9); was tops in runs batted in (41); total bases (124); slugging percentage (.571); and tied for first in runs scored (40). He also knocked out 13 doubles and three triples.

Moreover, Rasch was the second-leading hitter in the Sun Belt Conference, a Division I league. He led the league in hits and total bases. He had the second-best slugging percentage and fourth-best RBI total.
Rasch’s junior season was also solid in 2014, if not as spectacular. He batted .289 with 70 hits; four homers, 16 doubles; and 30 RBIs.

When with the Vols, Rasch batted .337 his sophomore year with five home runs and 12 doubles. He also drove in 42 and scored 37 runs, earning Great Rivers Athletic All-Conference honors. He is practically a slam dunk to win All-Sun Belt honors later this spring.

Rasch said he didn’t do anything drastic to increase his performance his senior season.

“I lost some weight last summer playing ball, which made me a little quicker,” Rasch said. “I think what helped the most, though, was getting myself to relax more at the plate. You can’t be thinking about a lot when you’re in the batter’s box.”

Rasch, listed at 5-foot-11, 205, batted third in the Warhawks lineup.

“I think I’m a more aggressive hitter now than I was at Logan. I opened my swing a little and try to stay on top of the ball more. When I see a fastball in the zone, I am on the attack because my job is to drive in runs, not look for a walk.”

Rasch said his decision to attend ULM was a good one for him.

“I’ve really enjoyed the relationships I built here with my teammates and coaches. I just hope I haven’t played my last game. When you’re a senior, that’s always in the back of your mind. Hopefully, I will get drafted next month. I’m not ready to hang it up.”

The 21-year-old plans to complete his degree with a couple of online classes this summer.

JALC head coach Jerry Halstead said Rasch deserves a crack at professional baseball.

“The team that drafts Keelin will get a winner, a hard worker, a great organizational guy,” Halstead said. “Teams should look at his whole body of work – from high school ball to Logan to Louisiana-Monroe. He has been a run producer everywhere he’s been. It’s absolutely no surprise to me at all that he enjoyed great success with ULM after his two years with us.”

 

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