Forrest Ridenhour

Forrest Ridenhour — Glenn HS (Craig Greenlee/Special to the Journal)

Forrest Ridenhour hasn’t put up mind-boggling offensive stats for Glenn’s baseball team. But there’s no denying that he’s become a viable contributor for a squad that expects to make an extended run in the Class 4-A state playoffs.

So far, he’s hitting a respectable .286. But most impressively, he has delivered defensively with a sterling .933 fielding percentage. Coach Keith Walker is pleased with what Ridenhour brings to the table for his team.

“Forrest is very laid back, and emotionally, he never gets too high or too low,” said Walker. “What he gives this team is a sense of calmness.”

At the plate and in the field, Ridenhour, a senior, has blossomed as an all-around performer. He’s shown the ability to provide whatever the Bobcats need at any given moment.

“He’s developed as a really good contact hitter who not only bunts well, but he’s good in hit and run situations, too,” Walker said. “At second (base), Forrest is solid at helping to turn double plays for us. He’s just very steady with what he does. But he doesn’t try to do more than what he’s capable of.”

In his final high school season, Ridenhour has gotten more involved in helping others elevate their games. To him, the true essence of being on a team is to be teammate who helps out in any way that he’s able.

“My focus is to be the best teammate I can be,” said Ridenhour, a Crosby Scholar who’s also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “I try to help out whenever I can with the morale of the team. And I go about helping others by showing them what to do and how to do it better.”

Ridenhour credits much his growth as a player to his ability to better understand baseball and all of the game’s nuances. Getting a firm grasp of the fundamentals, he explained, is key.

“What it comes down to,” he said, “is knowing what to and where to go (with the ball) in game situations.”