LCN ace signs with Bowling Green State University

By: Timothy Pontzer | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published November 30, 2017

 Macomb L’Anse Creuse North senior pitcher Andrew Oehmke sits with his parents, Larry and Gail, after signing Nov. 8 with Bowling Green State University.

Macomb L’Anse Creuse North senior pitcher Andrew Oehmke sits with his parents, Larry and Gail, after signing Nov. 8 with Bowling Green State University.

Photo provided by Larry Oehmke

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — At 6 feet 5 inches, Andrew Oehmke stands above many of his peers on the diamond.

Armed with a tall delivery and an arsenal of pitches, the righty has shown talent for the next level. Courted by several Division I schools, the Macomb L’Anse Creuse North senior chose to head to Ohio, signing with Bowling Green State University Nov. 8.

“I chose Bowling Green State because they showed a lot of interest in me very early in the process,” Oehmke explained. “I had just started communicating with other D-I programs, but I really liked the coaches at Bowling Green, and playing in the MAC conference so my family can see me play. It seemed like a great fit.”

Oehmke will head to the college version of the MAC because of his time in a league of the same name. He credited the tough competition in the Macomb Area Conference as preparation to become a Falcon.

“The strength of our schedule really prepared me for the next level,” Oehmke said. “We play all the top schools in the area. Playing (Utica) Eisenhower, (Macomb) Dakota, (Clinton Township) Chippewa Valley, you don’t get any breaks against those hitters.”

Oehmke also credited LCN coach Jeff Dropps for his success on the mound.

“I really like Coach Dropps and his assistants from LCN,” Oehmke said. “They’ve pushed me to work hard and supported me. They will call and text me during the offseason to check on me, and I really appreciate the support.”

Dropps said he is thrilled for his right-hander to join a D-I team.

“I’m really excited for him; that’s a great accomplishment,” Dropps said. “I hope he does great. He’s got a lot of things you can’t teach, like his height, and has some pitches that college coaches always love to see.”

Dropps explained that Oehmke has two go-to pitches that have bested many in Macomb County.

“He has tremendous stuff and he’s so tall, so when he releases the ball he’s that much closer to the plate already,” Dropps said. “He’s got an upper-80s fastball and a nice curveball that has sharp break.”

Oehmke admitted that his frame is an asset.

“Being tall helps because I have an over-the-top delivery,” Oehmke said. “It creates an advantage with hitters with my velocity. I like to throw a curve when I can as a go-to pitch for a strikeout.”

While he is destined for the next level, Oehmke still has this spring to close out his prep career. Dropps is quite pleased with that, saying he expects Oehmke to serve as the ace for the Crusaders.

“I’m expecting him to be the guy for us, and I’m really hopeful he is a huge weapon for us,” Dropps said. “We return a few guys with him, and we hope to count on him to have a great season.”

 

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