Chase McLaren has been the heart and soul of Atlantic baseball this summer.

A reliable contributor to the Trojans this past summer, he’s been one of the few players on this year’s roster who had experience on the field. He’s led by example and by his contributions on the field.

A team-best 97-percent fielding rate both as pitcher and shortstp, and a 4-5 record on the mound. In his defensive efforts, he’s struck out 50 and compiled a 3.40 ERA while walking just 10 batters and allowing 56 hits.

Offensively, he’s shined, with his .500 batting average and on-base percentage of 58 percent. While his late-game heroics have been few, he’s set the table for teammates to come through, such as Brody O’Brien, Colin Mullenix and Nile Petersen. Their late-game RBIs and game-saving plays wouldn’t be possible without McLaren setting the table.

McLaren, this week’s News-Telegraph’s Athlete of the Week, has two brothers who will likely carry the McLaren tradition on the field well, with Garrett and Steele both promising in the future. It’s with Chase’s efforts that made a rebuilding year better than many, and a legacy that will long be remembered.

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