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May 18, 2013

NT's Brosius leading way in late-season surge by Jacks

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Tonawanda News — Brosius is quick to push the credit toward his teammates, specifically Matt Noakes, Chris and Taylor Mellott. 

Noakes has come on late in the season and has logged a ton of innings for the Jacks. He has two complete games and leads the team with 11 RBIs at the plate.

The Mellott brothers, No. 3 and 4 in the NT batting order, are the big run producers for the Jacks. Taylor is hitting .478 with a team-leading 22 hits, 16 runs and is tied for a team-high with 11 RBIs. Chris, a senior, hits cleanup and has posted a .341 average with 14 hits and 10 RBIs.

"The beginning of the season was rough for us. We thought we had a good team, but we were 1-3 and then we really started to fall off," Brosius said. "It's not a one-man sport. I really couldn't do anything without the rest of the guys out there. Noakes and the Mellott's are big contributors to the team and they deserve a lot of the credit."

At practice and on the bus after the game, Brosius, who will play college ball at Erie Community College next season, is a true teammate.

Partell said Brosius always knows how to lead depending on the situation.

"He's always a guy that, when the music is blasting, he'll get up and start dancing to put a smile on everyone's face," Partell said. "He'll be the first one to crack a joke on the bus to lighten the mood, but he'll also be the first one to let everyone know when they need to get going."

A true fan of the sport, Brosius' passion comes from the love he has for the game of baseball.

"You have to enjoy the sport. It's a beautiful game, I love it," he said. "Every time you come out here it's a new day and a new start — a new day for baseball."

The Jacks will learn who they face in the opening round of the playoffs today at 5 p.m.

Contact Sports Editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @TonaNewsSports.

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