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Player Profile: Cincinnati’s Gentle Giant: Steve Bosch

Steve Bosch Batting for EAP in 2015

Steve Bosch Batting for EAP in 2015

Steve Bosch-Gentle Giant

At 6 foot 4 inches tall and 250 pounds, Steve Bosch (aka Bull by his teammates) from Norwood Ohio stands out easily on the ball diamond. Bosch who is currently playing with local C division power EAP/Tiger Fitness can be described as a good teammate, friendly and unselfish by those who know him well. Opponents describe Bosch as not only a power hitter but a big man than can hit for average and seems to always get clutch hits.

Bosch starting playing softball 13 years ago with Sidelines, a team based out of Norwood, Ohio. Bosch was introduced to the competitive side of softball by way of Leo Osterday. Osterday, a 1992 Greater Cincinnati Hall of Fame inductee was a player many remember as a five tool player who was almost impossible to throw out on the bases. Leo could do it all on the diamond and was a great mentor for me and what he taught me stuck with me and still does today said Bosch. Bosch describes his first experience with softball laughable as he struck out swinging. But this first experience did not deter this power hitting catcher/AH, in turn it inspired the Pittsburgh Pirate drafted pitcher competitive nature to become the best player possible. Playing league games regularly, many weekend tournaments and taking lots of batting practice paid off for Bosch as he quickly joined recognizable teams such as Good Guys, SportsCo and EAP. During Bosch career, he has been part of six world title teams (NSA, WSL, GSL) three Metro Major Championships, multiple state and national titles and went four years without losing a Metro Championship game. Bosch said “I am not much for individual awards which I have won my share, but the real reward is the team winning and the team celebration at the end of a tournament”. As long as the team does well at the end of the day, that is my goal. If I do well individually to contribute to the team’s success then that is just a bonus said Bosch.

 

Bosch recalls his first world championship with Good Guys who won the NSA C Division in Las Vegas as his fondest memory. The players on Good Guys that year where just a special group of people ,winning a world title with them just made that year even more special said Bosch.

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The big fella’s favorite local park to play at is Mid America Ballyard, Bosch says the atmosphere and what the park offers provides the total package. His favorite tournaments are the annual Metro Championship and the Smokey Mountain Classic. Big Steve has a few superstitions, never step on the foul lines chalk and he does the same routine to get ready before every at bat. When not playing, Steve enjoys being with his two sons, and just having fun with his friends.11245700_10206661819927448_1701038252_o

There is no doubt that a player and person like Steve Bosch is someone every team should have the opportunity to play with and learn from. For those up and coming players, if you ever get the opportunity to watch EAP/Tiger Fitness this summer, make sure you check out Mr. Bosch and watch how this veteran player goes about the game by doing things the right way.

Story by Todd Sledge, photos provided by Robyn Fecke of feckefoto.com

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