School: Riverside High School
Primary Sport: Baseball
High school baseball teams in West Virginia are into the final week of the regular season, before sectional tournaments get underway. Riverside hopes to make noise in the postseason.
A lot of the success will depend on the right arm of Caleb Holstine. In his first season at the helm, head coach Mike Carte has enjoyed the luxury of a solid presence on the mound like Holstine.
"Caleb's a workhorse," said Carte, who was an assistant at Riverside after serving as head coach for South Charleston. "He's pitched about 40 percent of our games. They've all been pretty much complete games. When he gets the ball, you've got to tear it out of his hands to get him off the mound."
There's nothing Holstine enjoys more than being on the hill. "I love the responsibility of it, just knowing that when I'm out there my teammates can count on me and I know I can count on them (for) defense. It's amazing, I'm loving every minute of every game."
Holstine is an outstanding student of the game. Not to mention a young man who is serious when it comes to the classroom.
"I have Caleb in my honors chemistry class and he's an excellent student. He takes pride in his work, strives to get better. I just think that's a reflection of his overall personality, he's going to try to do well in whatever he does."
Holstine added, "Science is my favorite subject. I want to go and be a chiropractor hopefully."
He wants baseball to be a part of his college experience.
"Anything that would be on the table (baseball scholarship-wise) really is where I'd like to go. (West Virginia) State is my top choice right now," he said.
Until then, Holstine looks forward to the coaches utilizing his right arm to take Riverside deep into the postseason.
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