07/01/2014 11:40 AM -
Nick Nauracy has had an interesting and eventful baseball career. Nauracy, who went to Crown Point High School, but did not make the varsity baseball team before his senior year. Nauracy was cut from Crown Point three times in high school his freshman, sophomore, and junior years.
Nauracy has been playing baseball since he was three years old with the help of his father Jerry.
Nauracy went through every season seeing what he had to improve on for the next year. He told himself that he would continue getting better. Heading into his senior year, Nauracy made many improvements and strides to make the team his last year in high school.
“I wanted to prove everyone wrong. I was converted into a pitcher my sophomore year, to improve my chances of making the team,” Nauracy said. “I decided to develop a few pitches and pick up my velocity.”
When Nauracy was able to make the varsity team his senior year, not only was he a starter, but Nauracy was the ace of the Bulldogs pitching staff back in 2011. Nauracy was the ace for the Bulldogs team that went to the semi-state game against Fort Wayne Carroll. Nauracy pitched a two-hit complete game allowing only one earned run in the regional semi-final game to defeat Penn. Later that day, he picked up the save in the championship game versus Elkhart Central High School.
Nauracy was able to go 9-2 with a 1.06 earned run average and earned all-area recognition, surprising everyone after getting cut three times from Crown Point High School.
After high school, Nauracy went to Vincennes University a two-year university that is a stepping stone to a Division-I school and Nauracy did just that and now Nauracy is pitching for the Ohio University Bobcats.
“It’s great playing Division-I baseball it goes to show you how far I have come from getting cut three times,” Nauracy said.
Nauracy said the Bobcats program is in the rebuilding process as they have 19 freshmen on their roster.
Nauracy is in his first season with the Northwest Indiana Oilmen and hopes to improve his pitching and add a few miles per hour to his fastball. Nauracy previously played for the Michigan City Lakers, a nonleague opponent of the Oilmen.
“I wanted to play for the Oilmen to play close to home, and play with more of the guys I played with in high school,” Nauracy said. “We are all a family; we all get along because we know each other.”
Nauracy, like the rest of the team, wants to get better at the game of baseball and want to win the championship this season.