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After missing the spring baseball season at Montgomery College due to an academic issue, Seneca Valley High school graduate Chris Heckhaus said he was eager to get into a Gaithersburg Giants jersey and play any position on the field.

This summer, Heckhaus was not only instrumental in helping the Giants claim their first Montgomery County Baseball League championship on July 25, he displayed a tremendous amount of versatility. Heckhaus, who batted .281 with three doubles, one triple and eight runs batted in, played infield, outfield, caught and pitched.

“When the Giants’ [General Manager] Gary [Holzapfel] called me about playing for them this summer, I told him I couldn’t wait to get on the field,” Heckhaus said. “I knew I was going to be a little rusty at the start of the season having missed my whole college year. But I just wanted to be on the field. I told Gary and coach [Michael] McMillen, I didn’t care where they put me, just get me in the game and let me part of this team.”

Heckhaus caught 13 games, played nine in left field, two in right field, one at second base and even made one relief appearance on the mound.

“I kept bugging coach for a chance to get out there are pitch for an inning or two,” said Heckhaus, who collected eight saves as a senior with the Screaming Eagles in 2013. “... It had been a while since I had the chance to pitch, but it was great just being out there on the mound for those two innings.”

“Chris was a great asset to the squad this summer,” said McMillen, who is also the junior varsity baseball coach at Gaithersburg High School. “He struggled a little bit early in the season, but even he kind of expected that. By the end of he was swinging the bat really well. He could play almost anywhere for us defensively. One game he would be behind the plate and the next he would be in left field.”

Heckhaus still has two years of playing eligibility at Montgomery College and said he would like to continue playing at a four-year school.

“Wherever baseball takes me, that’s where I want to go,” Heckhaus said. “I’d love to be able to play all four years in college. If somebody wants me to play for them, that’s where I’m going.”

tblack@gazette.net