"Spark plug" would be a good way to describe how Marcel Mundt contributed to the West Allis Hale baseball team in 2013.
Mundt batted a solid .443 for the Huskies with 39 hits while also drawing 10 walks to reach base safely more than half the time.
Once on base, he was usually a threat to move up on the bases, as he stole 21 times while being caught stealing only four times. Not surprisingly, he also scored 30 runs.
"He is the most instinctive baserunner I have ever seen," Hale head coach Paul Dooley said. "In one game, he stole home successfully off the pitcher in the stretch."
For his leadership and inspirational play for the Huskies, Mundt is on the 2013 NOW Newspapers All-Suburban team.
The senior also made second-team all-state and first-team all-Greater Metro Conference in the outfield, two other notable accomplishments.
"Those are real honors," Mundt said. "I worked hard, and my family was there to help me. This is a special honor."
Mundt said he did put in a good deal of time in the off-season and came into this season feeling good about his abilities.
"I'm just glad I was able to play the game at such a high level," he continued.
He had to switch positions from catcher in 2012 to centerfield this season and made the change seamlessly, fielding at a .984 clip in the outfield and coming up with two assists.
"He was the best centerfielder I saw all year," Dooley said.
Despite his efforts, the Huskies struggled this season, losing a large number of tight games.
Mundt was hard-pressed to pinpoint just what went wrong for Hale, saying, "The team chemistry was there, and we got along well with each other."
He is now headed for North Central College in Chicago to play baseball next season, along with Hale teammate Nick Sotiros.
"I think this will be a great experience for both of us," he said. "We will push each other."
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