Apr 07, 2022 | Matt Betts | 484 views
Krolikowski commits to Golden Hawks
Brayden Krolikowski doesn't plan on wasting any time when he arrives on the Laurier University campus this fall.
"My expectation is to be ready to go right away," he said. "I expect a heavy dose of baseball from the start and I’ll be prepared to do whatever the coaches need from me."
The right hander officially made his commitment to the school last week. After visiting and seeing how the program and school operated, it didn't take long for him to make his decision.
"I believed Laurier was the right fit for me right after my first visit," he said. "The opportunity to make an impact right off the bat was very intriguing. All the players and coaches are great and I can learn a lot from everyone on the team."
The Golden Hawks are consistently one of the top programs in Ontario University Athletics. They've won three championships since 2009, including back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019.
Terriers 18U manager Dean Dicenzo thinks his young pitcher will be able to step up and help the team early on in his career.
"He's a highly intelligent player," Dicenzo said. "He has a live arm and is very composed on the mound. I think he will continue to get better throughout his time there."
Krolikowski will be studying Health Sciences with the goal of eventually heading to Medical School. But first, he's trying to get ready the best he can for baseball and school at the next level.
"To prepare for this opportunity, I’m going to continue to condition, workout, and heal my body in order to benefit the team in anyway possible."
Not lost on him is the impact that the past few seasons with the Ontario Terriers has had on his development.
"Creating friendships and relationships with coaches and players has helped me sustain the drive to pursue baseball at the next level," he said. "The friendly competitions with teammates has built my competitive spirit and being taught by great coaches has made me into the player I am today."