Alex Fink had a torn labrum, and the original diagnosis was that he would have to miss his final high school campaign on the baseball diamond for Springfield.
As one of two upperclassmen, he wasn't going to allow that, as he is not just playing, but helping lead the Tigers.
Head coach Brady Schwab says Fink is playing through pain because he is a gamer and wants to be on the field.
Fink started the season at first base and batting at the top of the order until he was healthy enough to move back to short stop and his traditional number-three spot in the lineup.
He is leading the team with a .560 batting average and a .617 on base percentage because Schwab says pitchers don't want to face him.
The coach says it is Fink's play in the field that makes him standout.
Schwab says that makes Fink the best short stop he's coached in his 15 years, and its why he's our KEYC Scheels All-Sports Boys Prep Athlete of the Week.