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Competitive fire drives Concord baseball's Curry

Minutemen junior Brenden Curry has been a contributor on the mound, in the field and at the bat. Concord plays Warsaw in the Class 4A Elkhart Sectional final at 6 p.m. Monday, June 2.

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 6:35 p.m.

ELKHART — Competitiveness and courage drives some athletes — even past pain.

Brenden Curry is one such athlete.

A sore back has not kept the Concord High School junior from being a contributor for a Minutemen baseball team that finds itself in the championship game of the Class 4A Elkhart Sectional.

The Minutemen (14-15) are scheduled to play Warsaw (11-15) at 6 p.m. Monday, June 2, at Memorial's Charger Field. The Northern Lakes Conference members split a pair of regular-season meetings.

Curry made plays at shortstop and collected a hit Thursday, May 29, in a 6-1 tournament-opening win against Elkhart Central then pitched a two-hitter with three runs batted in Saturday, May 31, in a 7-2 semifinal triumph against Elkhart Memorial.

"He's just a gamer," says Concord head coach Jim Treadway. "He and (senior) Nick DeFreese are the ultimate competitors.

"Brenden doesn't want to let his teammates down. He's just strong and competitive.

Treadway says the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Curry has been playing with back issues for about a month. He had a no-hitter going against Plymouth in early May and had to leave the game around the sixth inning.

"He did not want to come out," says Treadway, who saw Curry shut down for 10 days to rest his back.

In the sectional win against Memorial, right-hander Curry (6-1) mixed a fastball and slider to keep the Crimson Chargers off-balance.

His secret on the mound?

"I just listen to my coach," says Curry.

"He's got the best stuff on our (pitching staff)," says Treadway, who has seen Curry clocked in the upper 80's with his heater.

With a bat in his hands, Curry likes to keep things simple.

"You can't overthink when you're at the plate," says Curry, the No. 4 batter in Concord's lineup.

Curry, who happens to be the cousin of Memorial senior standout pitcher JakeTucker, saw things turn around for the Minutemen when players — at the insistence of coaches and senior leaders like DeFreese, Duncan Boone, Jake Boyer, Josh Hudnall, Brett Neveraski, Zack Stauffer, Matt Williams, Trevor Wilmore and Drew Wysong started putting the group first.

"At the beginning of the season, it was more about individuals worried about their stats," says Curry. "We're playing as a team now."

Treadway says he would like his team to follow in the footsteps of some other Concord programs that won sectionals in 2013-14 — football, boys tennis, boys basketball and softball.

"But we haven't won anything yet," says Treadway, whose Minutemen can earn the fourth baseball sectional crown in program history and the first since 2009.


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