Coaches are looking for Charlie Fessler to be one of the go-to guys for the Green Wave baseball team next season, but he recalls when expectations for him weren’t so high.
Fessler, now a rising Summerville High School senior, was a major contributor for the Green Wave this spring. After earning a starting spot in the lineup he became one of the team’s better hitters and also made contributions as a pitcher, third baseman and outfielder.
However, that success didn’t come easy. In fact, he says when he first started playing organized baseball as a 10-year-old he wasn’t very good.
“When I started playing with Summerville Little League I had two pretty rough years,” Fessler said. “I was probably the least talented on my team. I could play a little bit of defense but I couldn’t hit or pitch. I think overcoming that and working through that to eventually be a starter on a varsity team that was pretty good this past year is probably my biggest (athletic) achievement.”
While he wasn’t a natural, with persistence Fessler improved his skills over the years. After Little League he went on to earn spots on his middle school’s baseball team and then the Green Wave JV team. Along the way, he was named to a couple of Perfect Game all-tournament teams.
As a freshman, he was pulled up to the SHS varsity for the playoffs. He played for the Green Wave as a sophomore, but ran into a bit of a slump. Fortunately for his teammates, he turned things around for the 2014 season.
“I got back in the weight room and started working with coach Spivey,” Fessler said. “I lifted hard for six months straight. I think that and the work I put in during fall practice made it possible for me to become a starter this spring.”
Fessler may be just hitting his stride. The spot in the Green Wave’s starting pitching rotation left vacant by the graduation of Zach Mosay is his for the taking, so to speak. If the hurler meets his goal of stepping into Mosay’s shoes he would probably start on the hill in half of his team’s big games.
When he isn’t on the hill, he can be used at multiple positions.
Fessler’s goals include becoming an honor graduate and signing to play college baseball.
“Hopefully I can get a four-year school interested in me, but I would go just about anywhere if I could play baseball,” he said. “Past that I just want to get an education and start a good career.”
He says he is considering majoring in Parks and Recreational Management. “I like being around people and working with people so I think that would be a good career for me,” he said.