MONON — The Buschman family is a baseball family, and Grant Buschman is a solid player.
A varsity mainstay for multiple seasons and Grace College signee, Bushman added the final prep accolade to his career July 5 when he was named to the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Class A All-State first team. Buschman was selected as a third baseman.
“I wasn’t expecting it; it came as a surprise. It’s a big accomplishment, and it means a lot to me,” Buschman said Monday.
Buschman batted .373, with a .505 on-base percentage and a .999 OPS. He had 28 hits, 19 walks and was hit by one pitch. Buschman garnered eight extra-base hits and 30 runs scored, with 15 runs batted in and only 15 strikeouts. He stole 25 bases and was only caught three times. In the field, he accumulated 37 putouts and 35 assists.
North White coach Kirk Quasebarth felt it imperative to nominate Buschman, despite the Vikings’ 8-19 record.
“When you have a kid like him who has put all the time and effort in … you want to give him the opportunity, at least put his name in,” Quasebarth said. “I try to do that with kids I feel are worthy of that.
“His stats weren’t bad when you size it up against other Class A coaches that entered their kids in. It paid off.”
Buschman is the fifth Vikings player to be named to the first team since 2007. North White has had 13 players selected All-State — first team or honorable mention — since that season.
“He’s one of those knowledgeable baseball guys, whether he was on the mound or in the field, wherever,” Quasebarth said. “He’s a clutch player who will be sorely missed. It didn’t surprise me (he was selected).”
Buschman was taken aback by his coach’s praise.
“Quas, he’s helped me grow a lot, along with all the coaching I’ve had over the years,” Buschman said. “I’ve had some great coaches. I know what Quas can do, and he’s helped me grow a lot as a player. I can’t thank him enough.”