By Nick Freimuth
The 2017 Packerland Conference Baseball Player of the Year may be one of the most well rounded selections the conference has ever made. Jeffrey Alberts had an incredible 2017 regular season, but is twice the young man off the field. Coaches saw the (6-1) record on the mound. Alberts threw for an incredible 1.028 ERA this season. All while maxing out at 70 MPH.
He has earned the nickname “Greg Maddux of the Packerland Conference.” Alberts is not know for his overwhelming repertoire or speed on the hill, instead his pinpoint accuracy. Painting the outside corner became his forte during his senior campaign. He helped Sturgeon Bay win an outright Packerland Conference championship by throwing a complete game shutout of rival Southern Door last week. He held Oconto to one run the week prior including 15 first pitch strikes in seven innings.
He batted in the three-hole for most of the season and finished with a .289 batting average. Alberts admitted he was never a guy that was going to hit one out of the park but could make solid contact. In short, he did all the little things well on the mound, at the plate and on the base paths.
Alberts was a true student of the game. Regardless of the season, Alberts was all in watching wide receiver routes, timing his delivery to the plate or comparing his stat line to some of the great pitchers in Major league Baseball.
Jeffrey will be attending the University of Madison in the fall. He graduates Sturgeon Bay with a 4.058 GPA and regardless of his major (A direct admit into the Madison School of Business) Alberts will be great at it. Alberts is known for his electric smile, confidence and infectious character. A true team captain in every sense of the term, Alberts will lace it up next Tuesday in a regional semi-final against the winner of Valders and Chilton. It is unknown if he will pitch or be saved for Luxemburg-Casco the following night in the regional final. Sturgeon Bay got caught trying to save their ace (Alberts) last year and lost their regional opener one year ago. Alberts said he would like to throw in the opening game of the tournament.
Alberts was a three-sport athlete through his junior year. He elected to focus on the Packerland Conference champion Math Team his senior year for his “winter sport.” In football Alberts was voted all-conference defensive back his junior and senior seasons. He was also second team all-conference pitcher last year.
It is rare that a play-by-play announcer admires a young man’s work off the field more than his on-field successes. In this case, I cannot stop thinking about all the smiles Alberts evoked from teammates, coaches, radio personalities and opponents. This young man is a rare talent and one that I will certainly miss covering as the Class of 2018 trots on to the field next year.
To listen to Jeffrey Alberts’ entire Player of the Year interview click on the audio link below: