RIVERSIDE — Riverside Brookfield senior Alex Nenadovic can’t decide if he prefers hitting or pitching, but no matter which one he’s doing, opposing teams probably prefer he did neither.
Nenadovic is in his third year with the RB varsity team and has been a productive player each of the three years. He stands out both as one of RB’s top hitters and pitchers. Nenadovic has a 3.68 ERA in 19 innings, and, entering the weather-shortened week last week, he was hitting .353.
He always played both ways growing up and has learned to separate them so his slumps or successes on one side don’t impact the other.
“I’ve played both my whole life and I learned if you’re on the mound you can’t really get all mad at your plate appearances because you’re really more important on the mound than you are batting that game,” Nenadovic said. “When I was younger I liked fielding better, but when I got older I liked pitching better because you’re one-on-one with the batter and I kind of like that competition better.”
Nenadovic is just one of the many returning starters the Bulldogs brought back from last year’s team and have gotten off to a flying start this season. RB entered this week’s Timothy Christian series with a 14-1 record.
“We should have been like this last year, but this year we put it all together,” Nenadovic said. “It feels good to be on a team starting out this hot.”
Being on a winning team and putting up good numbers can only help Nenadovic in his college search. He is currently looking at a few Division III schools, including Carthage College in Wisconsin.
Playing in college would be a dream come true for Nenadovic. His love of baseball started at a young age, though he didn’t play until after T-ball.
“When I was kid I always loved baseball,” he said. “After a year or two of missing out on T-ball I told my parents I wanted to play. Ever since then I got into it and I had a couple buddies that played travel ball and got me into travel ball. That’s where it took off.”
Now Nenadovic is heading toward the final stretch of his final high school season. He admitted the pressure is building, but with the Bulldogs sitting as the favorite to win the Metro Suburban Conference and capable of making a deep playoff run, it’s a good kind of pressure.
“Our main goal is to win conference,” he said. “We’re putting that over everything right now. We’re not too focused until we take care of conference first.”