Antlers’ Isaac McNutt – Athlete Spotlight Presented By Pine Cellular

The loss of spring sports due to the coronavirus was doubly tough for Isaac McNutt who plays both baseball and golf for the Bearcats.

“if we had played this year, Isaac would probably have been our number two pitcher and would probably have hit third in the lineup because he’s a good contact hitter,” said his baseball coach Chris Gibbs.

But for Isaac it was the loss of the golf season that probably hurt the most.

“It really stinks because we had played two tournaments and I won one and finished fifth in the other. I was really looking forward to the rest of the season,” said McNutt whose father is the school superintendent.

The silver lining for the young Bearcat is that he still has two years left in high school to complete those dreams.

Isaac grew up watching his older brother Indiana play baseball under the watchful eye of his dad who also got Isaac interested in playing golf which they still do together a lot. Balancing the two spring sports is not without its time challenges says Isaac.

“It’s very tricky but fortunately my coaches try to work it out so I don’t have a golf tournament and baseball game at the same time. Occasionally there might be a time when the two are on the same day but I can usually be done with golf in time to get to the baseball game.”

Isaac admits to being a die-hard Texas Rangers fan and has a special place for a former Ranger.

“I liked to watch Josh Hamilton in his prime I guess because he was left-handed like me. I met him at spring training one year and got an autographed bat. I remember watching one year when he was on the All-Star team and he won the first round of the home run derby and I thought I’d like to be able to hit with power like that,” said McNutt who is a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in school.

As far as golf, Isaac says he likes to watch Tiger Woods because of his aggressive style of play.

Gibbs said he fully expects Isaac to emerge as a team leader next year even as junior and McNutt says he feels up to the challenge.

“I think as a leader you have to do your part just like the rest of the team. You can’t be yelling at people and not doing your part too. You have to be right there with them.”

Isaac says he’s been doing some running and weight work outs at home during this down time.

“I really want to build up my strength and be more of a power hitter next year.

Just like another lefty that he remembers.