Athlete of the month: Isaac Kreisler


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Isaac Kreisler is an all around utility player who can play anywhere on the field. He strikes hitters out with a fastball that goes up to the mid-80s and pitches an almost unhittable slider.

By Cecilia Bernstein, Assistant Observations Editor

One of the most valuable positions you can be in baseball is actually all of them. That’s why WCHS senior Isaac Kreisler is incredibly valuable to the WCHS varsity boys’ baseball team. Kreisler can play anywhere on the field, from outfield to pitcher.

Kreisler has been on the varsity baseball team since he was a sophomore. He’s an ace pitcher and an all-around utility player, having played every position by the time the 2023 season ended. His fascination with baseball started at a young age and has continued to grow into his teenage years.

“My dad bought me a T-Ball when I was three and I haven’t stopped playing since,” Kreisler said. “I grew up playing in the youth league of BCC baseball with friends, then played with Little League, making the All-Star team in 2018 when we won the District Championship. After I aged out of Little League, I joined the Baseball Factory travel team, and in 2020, I started playing more competitively with the DMV Prospects.”

While Kreisler grew up playing multiple sports such as soccer, basketball and hockey and  even played for the WCHS JV soccer team during his freshman and sophomore years,he ultimately decided to stick to baseball, the sport he is most passionate about. In the WCHS offseason, Kreisler played for the Bulldogs, the WCHS unofficial Fall team, and participated in the team’s winter workouts.

“Baseball is my hobby, and I always enjoy playing,” Kreisler said. “It’s what keeps me going through the stressful times.”

Kreisler ended the 2023 season batting 3rd or 4th in the lineup with a .316 batting average. Along with his tremendous hitting, his pitches consistently struck people out with a fastball in the mid-80 mph and a killer change-up.

“Isaac’s performance this season was ridiculous; he was able to pitch so many innings and remained so consistent,”WCHS  senior varsity baseball player Kanen Kreafle said. “ On top of that, he was a leader in our offense who always delivered in the clutch. I was impressed with how he was always reliable.”

Kreisler was named 1st Team All-Division in 2023 as a utility player, was one of four players from WCHS to do so with seniors Kanen Kreafle and Zane Gross and junior Christian Kim. He will also be representing WCHS in the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches (MSABC) Classic alongside Kreafle and Gross.

“I think Isaac is definitely set apart by his work ethic. He would always stick to his routine and would get more reps than anyone,” Kreafle said. “I came in with Isaac as a freshman and I saw how his work paid off making him one of the best players in the state.”

In one of the toughest matchups of the regular season, WCHS was set to face off against their rivals Walter Johnson. In a close game, WCHS was able to pull out a close 3-2 victory with Kreisler Playing a phenomenal game going seven innings on the mound.

“Isaac was pitching the game of his life. We should have already won. but the defense made some mistakes, meaning Isaac had to keep throwing.” Kreafle said. “The team met on the mound , and it was Isaac who was pumping everyone up. It was Isaac’s leadership that kept us going and his key strikeout that secured the win.”

Kreisler will be attending the University of Maryland in the fall, and while it won’t be for baseball, it will be exciting to see what he does next. Perhaps we will again see him on the mound or the field, playing for one of the school’s club teams.

“For incoming WCHS baseball players, work hard during the on and off seasons,” Kreisler said. “You should keep fit year round and keep practicing. More importantly, don’t ever let up. Losing a game should be the reason to work harder and get the win the next time around.”