Willowbrook senior first baseman Mike Rothmund has been a run-producing machine early this spring. In the Warriors’ first 10 games he was 18-for-36 with four home runs, 24 RBIs and 13 runs scored as the team got off to an 8-2 start. Rothmund, this week’s Oak Trust Credit Union Athlete of the Week, talked with Suburban Life sports reporter Dan Santaromita about his and the team’s hot start and his commitment to Illinois-Springfield.
What has been key to Willowbrook’s strong start?
We play as a team everyday, day in, day out. If one guy is not having it, guys can step up and pick him up. We’ve had a nice start. We got to keep going, though.
Individually what has been working for you at the plate?
The offseason really helped me. I took some time off. I had some back problems. Then I just started working back to it. I cut down on my motion, a lot of my movement, stuff like that. I’m feeling good as long as we get the W.
What made you want to go to Illinois-Springfield?
I went down there as a college visit and I really liked it down there. I’m not a big school person and UIS is not that big. I felt comfortable there. They showed me the dorms. They showed me around campus and off campus and everything. I just really liked it. I felt at home.