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Photo submitted Kale Litzelman had a chance to exhibit some of his baseball skills learned over the years. Litzelman, and 61 other athletes, were invited to participate in a baseball showcase held in Chicago, Ill. There were scouts in attendance who poste

Hotchkiss' Kale Litzelman had a chance to visit Chicago this summer. While in Chicago, Litzelman showed off some of his athleticism at a showcase that included 61 other prep baseball players.

Litzelman, the grandson of former Hotchkiss student-athlete Dennis Marty, was accompanied to Chicago by his grandmother, Karen Marty. While attending Hotchkiss High School, Litzelman's grandfather excelled in baseball and was a member of the 1964 Bulldog's team that won a state title.

Of the 62 athletes participating in the showcase, Litzelman, who bats and throws left handed, was just one of five left-handed players there. He was only one of three lefties who were pitchers.

Litzelman's primary position at Hotchkiss was in the outfield. He did see time as a pitcher. While in Chicago, Litzelman noted that he played both positions equally while attending the showcase. His top pitching velocity was 79 mph. An attending baseball scout highlighted Litzelman's pitching performance in one of his blogs. "Litzelman, a rising junior left-hander, worked three scoreless, hitless innings while racking up four strikeouts. He creates excellent angle to the plate from an extended three-quarter slot and works at the bottom of the zone with a running, sinking fastball that worked in the 75-78 range, topping out 79 mph. He projects well moving forward both in terms of pitchability as well as velocity."

The 62 showcase participants applied for positions and had to be accepted and invited before they could attend. Litzelman found out about the showcase from a teammate during the last baseball season.

Litzelman was impressed with his stay in Chicago and spoke well of his experiences there. "I believe that these showcases provide a great opportunity for the athletes to show off their skills, and it also helps the scouts find athletes that are fit for the next level of competition. I feel like I performed well at the showcase in both pitching and in the field. The scout's blog was complimentary of my pitching."

When asked how he sees himself and the Buldogs' competitiveness in the coming season, Litzelman had this response. "I have very high expectations for both myself and my team this year. I expect to fill a big role in our pitching lineup for this coming season and hope to be an important part of the lineup for batting. Our team will be very talented and is expected to do even better than last year. We have a very good coach and he is leading us in the right direction."

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