Lifelong Wellington resident Shawn Steuerer had a dream season this past spring while attending college at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He played third base for the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays baseball team. As a freshman, he put together a season that is normally associated with an all-conference upperclassman.
While maintaining a 3.53 grade point average in pursuit of a major in economics, Steuerer was the team’s leading hitter, batting .393, and scoring the team’s most runs at 57. He had the most total bases (99) on the team, and he had the team’s best on-base percentage (.444).
Of his 21 extra base hits, Steuerer had nine home runs, nine doubles and three triples. He also had 27 runs batted in (RBIs). During his 145 at bats, he struck out only 15 times and drew 11 walks. As a base runner, he stole four bases in as many attempts. In nine of his team’s games, Steuerer recorded at least three hits.
Robert Babb, the head baseball coach at Johns Hopkins, was delighted at Steuerer’s work ethic, defensive prowess and productivity as a hitter.
“We’re pleased with Shawn’s progress,” Babb said. “He had a great year and was our starting third baseman since the fourth or fifth game of the regular season. He has a strong arm, very good range and he hit with major league power. In the starting lineup, he batted either third, fourth or fifth. We’re delighted that the bigger schools passed on him.”
Steuerer enjoys attending school at Johns Hopkins and loves the life of a collegiate student-athlete.
“I love the team culture at Johns Hopkins. It’s very welcoming,” he said. “I think that I transitioned smoothly into the college life. In general, it’s a big commitment since we lift weights in the morning, attend three or four classes, and then go to practice. The academics at Johns Hopkins are very demanding.”
At season’s end, Steuerer, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 205 pounds, was named to the d3baseball.com All-Region 5 second team, while teammates A.J. King and Matthew Cooper were named to the third team. King, a senior, plays catcher, while Cooper, a junior, is an infielder.
Steuerer graduated from the Oxbridge Academy in May 2020.