Ron Kroschwitz was one of those students who made steady progress on the way to becoming an impactful high school athlete. From a sophomore who played often on the varsity football team and who went 3-1 for the baseball team, he became the starting quarterback and baseball MVP.

"He was a competitor and he was a hard worker," said former Steinert baseball coach Rich Giallella, who was at the helm for Ron's senior year. "Being the quarterback is the same thing as being the pitcher, the ball is in your hand.

"He was one of those players who always wanted the ball for the big games."

Kroschwitz also played for former coach Ken Rauba's 1981 and '82 SHS baseball teams.

He says he was "a pitcher only" and remembers making the starting rotation sophomore year and that he became the No. 2 starting pitcher his junior year and No. 1 starter his senior year.

Ron's name still appears in Steinert's baseball records as he went 10-2 and a 1.04 ERA in 1983. He pitched 74.1 innings with 70 strikeouts for the 16-6 Spartans during a rain-plagued season. He was the first Steinert pitcher to get 10 wins.

From winning multiple Spartan of the Week honors and Honorable Mention All-County as a junior, Kroschwitz was First Team All-State as a senior.

His career strikeouts-to-walks ratio was 3.35 and his WHIP was 1.05

"He threw hard for a high school pitcher," Giallella said of the right-hander. "He was savvy and he was smart and he could handle pressure."

He continued playing baseball at Rider University where, among other accomplishments, he helped the Broncs get to the Final 16 in the NCAA championships, one win away from the College World Series.

"He carried his success into the college level and pitched some very important games for Rider from '84-'87," Giallella noted.

In addition to compiling an 18-5 record with three saves during his three-year high school varsity baseball career, he also earned three varsity letters in football and received Honorable Mention All-County recognition as the starting quarterback as a junior and senior.

Ron also made an impact with the Hamilton Post 31 American Legion Baseball program where he was known for always bringing a positive presence to the mound.