Junior captain Kettell ‘loves to hit’
For Glen Rose head baseball coach Chase Meyers, junior Brandon Kettell is the “kind of kid everyone loves to coach.”
“He is extremely smart on and off the field,” Meyers said.
The 17-year-old son of Melissa and Flynn Kettell, who plays second base and bats second for the Beavers, is what his head coach calls an “overachiever.”
“In my book, that is about the best compliment you can give a person, because it means that he has worked to get where he is,” Meyers said.”He is not blessed with amazing talent or ability, but he excels where others do not.”
When asked if he has a hero, Kettell said, “My hero is not a ball player; he is my dad. He is always at my games when he can be, and he is always helping me out for whatever reasons, whether it be school, athletics or just stuff.”
Kettell also plays football and plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. His favorite subjects are history and athletics, and he began playing baseball at the age of 7 after seeing a flyer asking students to play.
“My favorite thing about baseball is hitting,” Kettell said. “I just like it when you’re in a clutch, and you’re the one who hits the runs in.”
Going into Glen Rose’s game last week against Pulaski Academy, Kettell had a .513 batting average with an on-base percentage of .578 and slugging percentage of .590.
In 14 games, he recorded 20 hits, including three doubles, and scored 19 times (three on error) while driving in 14 and stealing 13 bases. He struck out four times and walked five times.
Out in the field, in 43 chances Kettell had a fielding percentage of .837 with 23 putouts and 13 assists while committing seven errors.
“Defensively, Brandon combines quickness with a good glove,” Meyers said. “He plays second base most of the time, but has played in the outfield and third for us this year also. He can also play catcher or pretty much any other position we might need him to play.”
Meyers said, “Offensively, Branson has turned into our go-to guy. He is at the top of the list in every offensive category for us.
“He is not a power hitter, but like everything else, he does exactly what we coach and hits hard ground balls and line drives up the middle.”
Meyers said, “He brings a great attitude every day. He is the kind of person that leads by example.”
Kettell said, “Coach Meyers is a good coach and always tells us to compete in everything we do. We even compete in the drills at practice.
“The team tries to encourage one another whenever we make a bad play or have a bad at bat. We know we will make mistakes, but we also know we have to learn from them and just shake them off.”
For Kettell, being a member of the Glen Rose Beavers “means that you are expected to compete and have the attitude and effort to go do what is necessary to be the best.”
Meyers said, “He is like a sponge that soaks up everything you say and tries to put it to practice. Even when I am coaching up another player, Brandon is listening.”