By Bill Curl
John Curtis baseball player Austin Haensel will continue his career at Southern University in 2017. Heading into his senior season at Curtis, Haensel signed with the Jaguars today in a ceremony in the school atrium.
A pitcher/utility player, Haensel is expected to be the staff ace for Coach Jeff Curtis’s team next spring, when the Patriots defend their first-ever Catholic League title. He was 4-0 on the mound last year and added two saves, striking out 26 batters in 22 innings.
Haensel is a three-pitch pitcher whose fastball sits in the mid-80's.
He is also batted .300 last spring as a starting utility player (both infield and outfield) who provides flexibility to the lineup because of his ability to play a variety of positions. Haensel is a product of the Patriot baseball program after having played on the elementary, junior high and varsity teams at John Curtis.