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  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Grant Richardson and his Bishop Dwenger teammates will take part in this year's Parkview Sports Medicine Baseball Series at Parkview Field.

Friday, April 21, 2017 1:00 am

IU recruit not buying into his hype

Richardson leads Dwenger with humble attitude

Josh Patterson | For The Journal Gazette

Parkview baseball Series

At Parkview Field

Monday

• New Haven vs. South Adams, 4:30 p.m.

• Snider vs. Northrop, 7 p.m.

Tuesday

• Whitko vs. Columbia City, 4:30 p.m.

• Huntington North vs. East Noble, 7 p.m.

May 2

• Blackhawk Christian vs. Lakewood Park, 4:30 p.m.

• Heritage vs. Woodlan, 7 p.m.

May 3

• Concordia vs. Wayne, 4:30 p.m.

• Angola vs. Lakeland, 7 p.m.

May 4

• Antwerp vs. Wayne Trace, 4:30 p.m.

• Manchester vs. Southwood, 7 p.m.

May 5

• Bishop Dwenger vs. Bishop Luers, 4:30 p.m.

• North Side vs. South Side, 7 p.m.

If this isn't Grant Richardson at his best, it may be hard to imagine what the results look like when he gets there.

The Bishop Dwenger junior, who struck out 11 Bishop Luers batters in five innings Monday, also laced an RBI double in a 3-2 victory for the Saints.

“Right now, I would describe myself as a little overanxious,” Richardson said. “I don't let the game come to me, I go to the game. It's just a transition from going from soft toss to being the third game of the season.”

Not that it's hard for evaluators to see that potential.

Richardson, who committed to Indiana University after his freshman year following an impressive travel-league season before he had even secured a regular starting spot on Dwenger's varsity squad, remains focused on tapping into what he could become.

According to Saints coach Jason Garrett, it's that work ethic that's turned Richardson into one of his team's leaders, even before his senior season.

“He's just a gritty, hard-working (kid),” Garrett said. “He's very humble and no one outworks him. You would never know that he has the talent that he has. He's a great player.”

Richardson makes his impact both on the mound and in the field. The left-hander mixes a mid-to-high 80s fastball with an effective curve and change-up, while his speed plays a crucial role in the outfield.

“Some of the things he does in the outfield just kind of leave you in awe,” Garrett said. “He just covers ground. We have fun trying to hit one to get him to lay out.”

Richardson quickly deflects any praise.

“It's always fun to be able to make even those routine plays,” Richardson said. “Those diving plays, those big throws, it's just something to experience.”

Richardson knows the parallels some may draw between he and another outfielder from Fort Wayne who uses speed to make plays – Kevin Kiermaier, the Luers graduate turned two-time Gold Glove-winning center fielder for Tampa Bay.

“It's just cool to see someone from Fort Wayne make that sort of impact,” Richardson said.

Richardson's speed plays a role at the plate as well. In fact, Richardson's approaching the Dwenger record for career triples. Already the single-season record-holder with six, he needs five more to get the career mark.

If things break right, it could possibly come in Dwenger's rematch with Luers on May 5 as part of the final doubleheader in the Parkview Sports Medicine Baseball Series at Parkview Field.

The series features six days of doubleheaders, starting Monday. Five more twinbills are scheduled through May 5. With Dwenger unable to charge admission for its home games at Shoaff Park, the game at Parkview Field offers a chance to raise funds for the baseball program.

The three-time defending sectional champions hope it's a precursor for what could lie ahead at the state finals, considering Parkview Field's striking resemblance to Victory Field in Indianapolis, which hosts the state finals.

“We put them there so it's not like a deer in headlights scenario,” Garrett said.