Drew Hasler might be just a senior in high school, but when he steps on that mound, he brings decades of pitching experience.
"I would say he's a little bit harder," Hasler said. "I'm his son, so he can be a little harder on me."
His father, Curt, is the minor league pitching coordinator for the Chicago White Sox.
"He's able to help me a lot during the season and offseason," Drew Hasler said. "So it gives me a good opportunity to get help from a guy that does this for a living.
"I'll stretch with whatever team he's with and stuff, so it's been really cool for me over the years."
He even gets feedback from players from time to time.
"Jon Rauch, he used to help me out," Drew Hasler said. "He's a big guy. I met him when I was little. I was like, my dad is huge, and this dude is monstrous - he's 6' 11". I remember him drawing a line from where my front toe was all the way down to the catcher and saying, stay on this line. And that's really something I've remembered. Some of the guys giving me little pointers while my dad's looking at me."
Hasler's already off to a 2-0 start this season for a 4-0 Marian team. He's even got a couple RBIs. After this year, he's got a scholarship lined up to play for Valparaiso.
"He's brought him up and taught him how to truly be the guy in charge on the mound," Marian coach Tim Prister said, "And that, for a coach, is really comforting to know that you have really an extension of your coaching on the field. He has a plan, he knows what he wants to do."
"My dad tries to tie a lot of stuff into life," the younger Hasler said. "Like with baseball, it's 'do everything the right way, not the easy way.' If I can go out and do 20 pitches, do all 20 the right way, don't do 10 the right way, 10 slacking off. And that's how you've got to go through life, is basically what he says."
Which also explains Hasler's 3.65 grade point average. When your ERA is lower than your GPA, you know you're on the right track in baseball and in life.
"Ever since last summer after our state title run, when the seniors graduated and he became a senior, he became the leader of this team, or one of the leaders of this team," Prister said. "And quite honestly, how deep we go into postseason will probably depend a lot on Drew Hasler."
Which means, get ready for another run for Marian.