Nathan Dupee is playing well beyond his years this season for the Pittsville baseball team.
He is currently the third-ranked hitter in the Marawood Conference South Division with a .619 batting average and is batting .529 for the season with 29 RBIs and three home runs.
Not only is he hitting the cover off the ball, he’s 2-0 in starts on the hill.
“Nathan hits everything hard, even when he’s struggling a bit and that hasn’t really happened this season,” Pittsville coach Bill Urban said. “He’s confident at the plate and he’s one the only kid on the team that I don’t give any instruction when he’s up to bat. I just tell him to go hit. Hitting is very natural for him.”
Dupee was a starter last year as a freshman and played well enough to earn honorable mention all-conference recognition.
This season, in addition to being a starting outfielder, he’s the No. 3 pitcher in the Panthers’ rotation.
“He’s worked hard in weight room and senior Sawyer Ladick has really taken him under his wing and that’s helped Nathan’s development,” Urban said. “He’s become a confident ball player and had played every game for us this year.
“He’s doing very well and we get him for two more years,” Urban added.
You’ve been on a hot streak at the plate recently. What is clicking for you?: I just try to stay as relaxed as possible at the plate and do whatever I can to help the team.
Are you surprised how well you are hitting (.619) for how short this season has been?: I had high expectations for myself, but I’ve done better than I thought I would.
Talk about the big hit (home run) you had to help your team get past Northland Lutheran: They were right behind us in the standings and we needed to win that game. It was a tight game and it was kind of a slow moving game and I wanted to pick up the intensity. I had a chance to do something at the plate and had a good cut. They have a good team and are going to be tough next year.
Who is your biggest rival?: For most sports it’s Auburndale, but for baseball it’s Marathon. There is always great competition between us and Marathon and the games are always close when we play them.
What position do you like better. The outfield or pitching?: I like playing in the outfield. Pitching can be pretty high pressure. I like the outfield because I feel like you can set the pace for the game. If you make a big play to help your team they get pumped up.
The playoffs start on Friday, but Tuesday for Pittsville. What are you looking forward to in the postseason?: A fast start. We want to come out strong after our first round bye. We have the No. 2 seed and the fact that Neillsville got the No. 1 kind of upset us. We have to play our type of baseball and hopefully we’ll get back to the sectional for another chance at state.
Finish this sentence: People would be surprised that I __?: Like football better than baseball. I’m probably a better baseball player and that’s the sport that people associate me with, but I love football.