Athletes of the Year: Peter Mickartz

Peter Mickartz

Football or baseball? For Gilroy High senior Peter Mickartz it
isn’t even a question.

I’m not really into having 11 guys want to kill me,

laughs the Mustang quarterback and closer who will take just the
baseball skills to Chico State next fall.
Football or baseball? For Gilroy High senior Peter Mickartz it isn’t even a question.

“I’m not really into having 11 guys want to kill me,” laughs the Mustang quarterback and closer who will take just the baseball skills to Chico State next fall.

Mickartz may have led Gilroy to its best playoff run in 20 years last fall – the ‘Stangs made it to the Central Coast Section Large School semifinals – but that’s not what he loves doing.

“Pitching is just so much fun,” he says. “Striking people out is fun.”

Of course, it takes hard work to have fun, which is why Mickartz is working on a slider to go along with his 90 mile-per-hour fastball, his changeup and his “out” pitch, a wicked curve.

“My goal is to be the No. 1 or No. 2 pitcher out of the bullpen next season,” he says.

With a full athletic scholarship on the line, Mickartz knows the coaching staff at Chico State expect nothing less. And if the Wildcats get the same sort of effort Mickartz provided the Mustangs during his high school career, that shouldn’t be a problem.

When the flamethrowing senior came out of the bullpen this season, it was to shut the opposing team down and preserve a win for Gilroy. When the Mustangs’ starting pitching went south midway through the year, Mickartz took the ball in the first inning. And when he wasn’t on the mound, the rangy ballplayer was at first base, anchoring a slick defensive infield and leading the ‘Stangs in batting average, home runs, doubles and multi-hit games at the plate.

His quarterbacking days may be behind him, but there’s no doubt that Mickartz has plenty of leadership duties ahead.

The Mickartz File

Baseball

2005 All-TCAL First Team (1B/P), Team MVP

2003 All-TCAL Second Team (P), Coaches’ Award

Football

2004 All-TCAL Second Team

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