Tonawanda News — That’s just who Stich is — a fiery competitor who will do anything to help his team win, Frank said. The Stich legacy began at Tonawanda when Ben’s brother Steve Stich played for the Warriors.
”My brother obviously got to go to states, and to do something, maybe not as special but very close, in winning back to back league titles in 30 years, is really nice,” Stich said. “We joke about who’s better at what sport, but he really is helpful. We play one on one all the time in the driveway. Me, my dad and him, we go to the field and try to see who hits the most home runs.”
Frank said that Tonawanda baseball’s family environment comes from the fact that many families have multiple players that come up through the ranks.
”If I get one boy from the family there is usually one or two more that will come through,” Frank said. “We have a lot of baseball families. That’s what we embody here as a team; we’re not just a team we’re a baseball family. We spend a lot of time together over three-plus months and we take that family atmosphere out on the field with us.”
Stich is his own biggest critic and is never satisfied unless he is contributing and finding a way to help his team win games.
He’s made his presence felt in a leadership role and his demeanor and poise on the field rubs off on his teammates, Frank said.
”I try to get on base every time I can,” he said. “After that, whether it be stealing a base or after a single trying to get from first to third, I try to use that. In the field I try and make every play that comes to me.”