Athlete of the week: Walker hits hot spot on offense, defense


by Krista Schuur

The Simpson baseball team brought back a 7-3 record and seems to have been sparked by the warm Florida climate.

One member of the squad has been, as the Sportscenter cliché goes, en fuego.

Senior Andy Walker is a team captain and after the first 10 games of the season is batting a robust .588 in 34 at bats.

Walker also racked up 11 runs scored, 2 homeruns, 11 RBIs, a .971 slugging percentage and a .632 on base percentage.

Walker plays infield for the Storm and was an All-Conference selection last year as a junior.

On campus Andy participates in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee in his extra time.

Walker places his father among the top influences in the way he has matured as a player and an athlete.

“My dad is one of my most important people in influencing who I am and how I play,” Walker said.

Along with having an amazing offensive tournament, Walker also contributed greatly at second base with a .943 fielding percentage while committing only 2 errors in 10 games.

“Andy is a great guy to be able to count on him being successful in both the offensive and defensive positions,” said Head Coach John Sirianni.

Walker and the rest of the baseball team have hopes of revisiting the regional tournament. Achieving this goal is high on Walker’s list of priorities for this season.

“My best memory that I can think of is when the team made it to the Regional tournament my freshman year, hopefully we will make it back there again for my senior year,” Walker said.