Heritage Hall's Barry Sanders always a threat on the base paths

By Robert Przybylo, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Published: April 18, 2010
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It didn’t take long for Heritage Hall sophomore Barry Sanders to point out his biggest asset in baseball.

It’s the same as in football: speed.

"Oh yeah, no doubt. Speed helps in any sport,” Sanders said.

It was that blazing speed that helped him accumulate more than 2,000 total yards of offense and 30 touchdowns on the gridiron.

Now it’s the quickness that is making him a nightmare for pitchers to contend with when he gets on base as he’s always a threat to steal.

There is no downplaying Sanders’ success in football. As a sophomore, Sanders already has offers from Texas Tech and Tulsa.

But football wasn’t the first sport that called out to Sanders — baseball was.

"I don’t even remember how I got started playing,” Sanders said. "I was like 3 or 4 years old. It’s the first sport I remember playing.”

Despite his stock rising with each year in football, Sanders hasn’t forgotten about baseball. He said the camaraderie with teammates has been the biggest reason for him to still play.

It’s been worth it this year, as the Heritage Hall baseball team has come from out of nowhere to become a contender in Class 4A.

Nobody has benefited more from Sanders’ baseball success than first baseman Cooper Cloud, who hits after Sanders in the No.


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