Baseball on front burner for quarterback

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It was a simple question and Brody Westmoreland was quick to answer.

The ThunderRidge High School senior-to-be is the school's starting quarterback and All-State shortstop.

When asked if he would rather being throwing a football or a baseball this time of year, he probably wanted to say both, but quickly answered baseball.

“This early in June, I'll being doing a lot of baseball,” said Westmoreland.

Westmoreland, who hit .455 with 40 runs batted in and seven home runs for the Class 5A state champion Grizzlies, is involved in summer baseball with Team Colorado in addition to making tournament trips to Oklahoma and Atlanta this month.

This is the same time that ThunderRidge is conducting 7-on-7 passing practices and scrimmages, but Grizzlies head football coach Joe Johnson understands his No. 1 quarterback is a premier baseball player who has committed to play at San Diego State.

“Coach Johnson is really cool,” said Westmoreland. “He knows I take baseball seriously. He knows I'm pretty committed to both sports.

“With the 7-on-7 we go through, it is kind of hard because I want to be prepared for football and be ready with all my teammates, but it's the beginning of summer and I'm just wrapping up high school baseball and starting summer ball.”

Westmoreland is intent on continuing to develop as a complete baseball player.

“With baseball in the summer, I'm just working on developing myself as a baseball player and see what different things and aspects I can do to better myself,” he said. “Once I get back at the end of the month, I'll start participating in 7-on-7s every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the rest of July.”

Westmoreland threw for 1,702 yards and 13 touchdowns last fall for the ThunderRidge football team, which was a Class 5A semifinalist. He also rushed for 735 yards and 12 TDs.

“We run the ball a lot with our offense, so this opportunity to do 7-on-7 gives us more of a time to incorporate our fast-pace, no-huddle offense,” Westmoreland said. “During our 7-on-7s we can run more of our two-minutes drills, get those passing routes down with the short and long routes.

“I get in a little trouble overlapping baseball and football, but luckily my coach is lenient with me and knows I put in a lot of work. Once I get back from going out of state and playing baseball, all my time is dedicated to football.”

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