PALATINE, Ill. – Coming into the 2016 Harper College baseball season, Paul Kramolisch (/Bolingbrook) was expected to be a key part of the Hawks' pitching staff. However, his success at the plate was pretty unexpected.
Kramolisch made the most of his opportunity as a hitter and emerged as the Hawks' top hitter while also serving as a reliable option in multiple positions in the infield. He also held his own on the mound and finished with the lowest ERA on the team. For these reasons, Kramolisch is being recognized as the 10th Harper College Athlete of the Week for the 2015-16 school year.
|Kramolisch is the 10th Harper College Athlete of the Week for the 2015-16 school year. (Jim Cummins)|
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound freshman hit a team-best .309 (17-for-55) in 28 games. Kramolisch was also tied-second on the team in RBIs (8) and led the team in on-base percentage at .387. One of his most impressive games came at Rock Valley College on March 29. In game one, he was 2-for-3 with a double, RBI, stolen base, and run scored. Later in the season against Rock Valley (April 16), Kramolisch was 2-for-2 with an RBI and run scored in the first game of a doubleheader in Palatine.
In the field, he rotated between several infield spots and only committed six errors on 110 total chances for a .945 fielding percentage. He recorded 30 assists and 74 putouts and also helped turn four double plays.
On the mound, Kramolisch made seven appearances (five starts) and threw 23 1/3 innings (fourth on team). The righty posted a solid 3.86 ERA, best on the team, struck out 15 batters, and threw two complete games.