Diamond In The Rough

By wbng sports

May 15, 2012 Updated May 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM EDT

Whitney Point, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

A Whitney Point senior started pitching as a little boy, honing his craft by throwing against his father's barn, breaking some boards along the way.
He not only lights up the radar gun and has been on the radar of several major league baseball teams.
In this week's Action Sports spotlight, Gabe Osterhout tells us what makes Jeremy Olenski so special.

"It's been mind blowing."

That's how Whitney Point senior pitcher Jeremy Olenski describes his season so far.
The 6 foot 1 left hander, who throws 6 pitches and tops out at about 90 miles per hour, has gotten the attention of his opponents, and Major League Baseball scouts.
He's talked to, or been looked at by a handful of teams, including the Cincinnati Reds, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees.
And when the spotlight is on him, that's when Olenski says he's at his best.

"It gets me even better. I get better. When there's nobody around, I don't know if I tend to go ok it's just a game, but as soon as a pro scout is there or a college scout is there, it's lockdown time and for some reason I seem to really step it up."

He's done just that...throwing a no hitter in on game.
Olenski has also had 19 and 20 strikeout games with scouts watching.
Ask him what his secret for success is?
He'll tell you it's talent and God given ability.

"It all came natural. I have people asking me how hard do you throw? Well you've got to start at a young age, you've got to keep going, keep throwing, don't stop throwing. Obviously don't hurt your arm, cause you don't want that to happen."
Olenski hasn't just brought scouts to the games, but also the community.

Coach Steve Samsel says, "It's exciting. It's great to be...people asking me all the time when he's throwing next. They want to see him throw and it brings excitement hopefully to the kids and everyone else and it can be contagious...it's neat and it's a credit to what he's done."
While all eyes may be on him, he hasn't lost his love of the game.
And says he feels the most comfortable when he's on the mound.

"It's so much fun. This game is what I feel I was put on this Earth to do. It's a fun game...it should be fun. I believe that's what baseball is all about and I believe that's how baseball should be played."

As for his future, Olenski says it would be surreal to hear his name called in the June amateur draft.
He says he'd like to stay close to home, where his family can see him pitch.
But he'll go anywhere he has to, to get played to play the game he loves so much.
For this week's Action Sports spotlight, I'm Gabe Osterhout.

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