Cincinnati Moeller two-sport star Ross Oltorick has made the decision to accept a baseball scholarship from Ohio State and join the football Buckeyes as a preferred walk-on next fall.
Matt Natali caught up with Moeller head baseball coach Tim Held for more.
And falling in line with that reasoning, Cincinnati Moeller two-sport star Ross Oltorick has made the decision to accept a baseball scholarship from Ohio State and join the football Buckeyes as a preferred walk-on next fall.
Last season on the mound, Oltorick pitched 15.67 innings in six games tallying a 1.79 ERA while giving up 9 H, 13 BB and only 4 ER finishing with a 2-2 record and two saves leading Moeller to a 27-4 record.
The Crusaders claimed the Greater Catholic League South title, District and Sectional Championships as well as the Division I AP Poll Championship last season.
Oltorick (6-2, 210) also hit for a .385 average with 30 hits including 7 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR and 22 RBI.
But his future is on the mound and Moeller head baseball coach Tim Held says he ranks right up there with Crusader greats Andrew Brackman (NC State, New York Yankees) and Eric Surkamp (NC State).
“He has an above average fastball throwing (in the low to mid-nineties) and as most high school pitchers, he is still developing his curveball and change up,” said Held. “But being able to attack with that fastball, he comes right at you and doesn’t back down from anybody. He is able to challenge on the inside and challenge on the outside of the plate.”
Oltorick first saw action for Moeller on the diamond as a sophomore – a rarity in the Crusaders program.
“We knew he had the talent at that point and he started out early and had a tremendous year. So, coming back as a junior (last spring) we knew what to expect from him,” Held said. “He stepped up on the mound throwing in big games every five or six days for us and also at the plate as the clean up hitter helping out offensively.”
As a two-year starter at quarterback and captain on the football team as well as the ace in the rotation for the baseball team, Oltorick’s leadership on both teams is apparent.
“With him being on the varsity baseball team as a sophomore, when the rest of his classmates joined him last year as juniors, they looked up to him as to how practices were going to be run and how things should be run on the varsity level. I see that being the same way this year,” Held said. “When Ross gets the ball, they are definitely going to be looking for a great outing and for him to be a leader.”
Held added, “He is just a tremendous athlete and competitor. Everything he does on the football field and with the situations he is put into on Friday and Saturday nights has helped him on the mound compete in those same situations.”
The Crusaders football squad currently stands at 3-1 with Oltorick under center. On the season, he is 73-of-121 passing for 825 yards, 6 TDs and 3 INTs. On the ground, he has 26 carries for 127 yards and 3 TDs.
Now that Oltorick has made his college decision, he can now focus on the rest of the football season before it is time to take the mound again in the spring.
“I know he is happy to have the decision behind him and he can concentrate on finishing the football season,” said Held. “I am looking for him once football is over to rest his body and jump into our off-season workouts to get his arm in shape because everybody is going to be looking up to him and how the best get things done. I know Ross is up to that and we look to him to get the ball against Elder, (St. Xavier) and LaSalle and we look to him to have great games.”
The Moeller football team faces GCL foe LaSalle (4-1) Friday at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium at 7:30 p.m.