His entire high school career, Nick Zwack has shown an ability to be at his best on the biggest of stages. So it was only fitting that he put a final touch on his high school career by dazzling the crowd, and batters alike, at the MSHSBCA All-Star Series.
Zwack, selected to represent the Metro North at the six-team series, starred on the mound, earning Most Outstanding Pitching honors as he helped lead his team to a third-place finish.
The left-hander pitched in the third-place game, throwing five innings of one-run ball to earn the win. Zwack allowed just two baserunners while striking out nine batters in his appearance.
“It was for sure a little nerve-wracking at first, but I think that’s when I pitch my best,” said Zwack. “That helped me stay super focused.”
Zwack said it was a really fun challenge to take on some of the best hitters in the state.
“You can’t take a kid lightly,” he said. “A mistake pitch is going to be a hit.”
The former Magic star didn’t make many mistakes.
Among those impressed by Zwack’s all-star outing was his coach Cory Davis, the head coach at Champlin Park High School during the school year.
“He shook my hand and said ‘One day I’m going to be able to say I watched you pitch,’” said Zwack. “That was a really nice compliment from him.”
Following the completion of the two-day, six-team series, Zwack was selected as the Todd Oakes Award Winner (Most Outstanding Pitcher).
“Really humbling for me,” he said. “I told myself [before the series] just try not to get rocked. Having the opportunity to play on a great team, with a great defense behind me, it was a lot of fun.”
Zwack, who was selected for the series as a pitcher, would up getting a lot of playing time at first base as well. He played half the first game there, and the entire second game. He picked up a couple of hits, including an RBI double in the second game, and a couple of walks to round out a memorable weekend.
“Every single player is down there for a reason,” said Zwack. “To see them play, and to put yourself up against the best, it’s a good thing to be a part of. It definitely will make me better in the long run.”
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