Who is Kevin Gsell?
With a smooth swing, he batted close to .600 this past season for the Seneca High School baseball team. He collected hits in 20 of 21 games for the Golden Eagles, putting together streaks of eight and 12 games.
Yet, many of his newest teammates didn’t know much about him.
Oddly enough, he was still sort of flying under the radar.
“I kind of like it that way,” said the soft-spoken infielder, one of three Seneca players on the Olympic-Colonial roster for the 32nd annual Carpenter Cup Classic.
Well, forget about that. If people didn’t know about him before, they certainly should now – especially those in the blue and white looking to cap their high school season with a championship.
Gsell smacked a two-run single in his first at-bat Monday, helping Olympic-Colonial to an 18-6 win in the quarterfinals and moving the South Jersey squad into Friday’s semifinals against Jersey Shore at Citizens Bank Park.
In his second at-bat, he ripped a leadoff double to left-center and eventually came around to score his second run of the game.
“He just doesn’t make outs,” was a comment more than one player in the O-C dugout blurted out.
“We’re starting to nickname him Haley’s Comet,” said Sam Tropiano, an Olympic-Colonial assistant and head coach at Bishop Eustace. “He makes an out about as many times as Haley’s Comet shows up.
“He’s a natural. He finds a way to get it done and is an amazing talent. He’s only scratching the surface of his talent. This kid is going to get better and what I like about him best is how he carries himself. He’s a quiet kid who goes about his business. He’s just a pleasure to be around.”
Gsell was an All-South Jersey pick this spring by the South Jersey Baseball Coaches Association. He batted .594 (41-for-69) with five doubles, a triple, two home runs, 19 runs scored and 22 RBIs.
“I was seeing the ball well and hitting behind (Maryland commit Nick) Decker,” he said. “I saw a lot of pitches and it was just a good year.”
Gsell had 14 multiple-hit games, which included seven three-hit efforts. The only game he didn’t have a hit was against Cherry Hill West on April 24. His biggest game came against Paul VI on April 28, going 3-for-3 with a double, home run, two runs scored and six RBIs.
“Nick (Decker) is a teammate of his and has been telling me, ‘Dude, he doesn’t get out. He gets like three hits a game.’ … He got a couple of hits at our place and I tipped my hat to him. I knew he was going to be legit. No doubt, he can play,” said Shawnee catcher Colin Wetterau.
Gsell, who also spends a lot of time working on his family’s 500-acre farm off Carrenza Road in Tabernacle, will play for West Deptford this summer in the Camden County American Legion League. It will be his first season of summer ball in a while, something he planned to do as more colleges have expressed interest.
St. Joseph’s, St. John’s, Monmouth and Binghamton were the first.
“I knew going into my senior year, I had to do something,” he said. “Baseball is definitely my No. 1 sport, definitely something I want to pursue and play at a high level.
“I just want to contribute to any team I’m on.”
When asked after Monday’s win if he was familiar with Gsell before the Carpenter Cup started, Eastern outfielder Louis Priolo smiled, saying: “I wasn’t really until this. … He really has a nice swing, an easy swing, too. He’s definitely a real good player.”