As of Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Filling in for injured first baseman Kolton Key, Grangeville senior Ethan Bonn showed he has come a long way in recovering from a separated shoulder injury he suffered diving back to the bag on a pickoff move a year ago.
“The ground was slippery and my feet went out from under me,” he said of that fateful play. “I’ve been working on recovery with some physical therapy and finally getting back into this year is good. It’s slow, but I’m getting there.”
Defending first base wasn’t something Bonn was looking forward to, he said, noting there’s a lot more action there than in the outfield. “But last night was pretty good,” he added. “I had a couple of good catches and a couple other plays.”
He said Key’s return to action is coming soon.
“It’ll be good to have our normal first baseman back for the last half of the season,” he said.
Having mercy-ruled CV last week, Bonn and the Bulldogs had trouble adjusting to the pitching of Ryan Denham, who worked five innings and kept the April 9 contest close. “We’re not used to slower pitching, so we were ahead of it a lot, popping it up or fouling it off,” Bonn said of the team’s 4-1 win April 9 at Clearwater Valley. “He pitched strikes, and we didn’t hit those strikes so well.”
For Bonn and the seniors, this season is a special one.
“I’ve been playing with these guys all my life, and we’re actually the first group of kids coach Lee [Nadiger] has coached,” Bonn said. “So he’s really excited for us as seniors...and some of the freshmen are great kids, floating on varsity and they’re doing great.”
This Bulldog of the Week athlete highlight is brought to you by: Syringa Hospital.