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Dylan Bohnert remains resilient The Anderson-Shiro High School graduate is trying to come back from two elbow surgeries and pitch for the University of Texas Permian Basin baseball team.

The junior was a two-way player for Blinn College out of high school before he said he had 2017 Tommy John surgery on his elbow and 2018 surgery to remove bone spurs and chips in the elbow.

The right-hander said he started throwing in May with Josh Mancuso, a former Owl who pitches for Nicholls State University. “I knew I had a couple years left of eligibility,” Bohnert said. “I said why not give it a shot”

He reached out to college coaches and sent a video to UTPB head baseball coach Brian Reinke, who gave him a spot on the roster.

“Technically I haven’t really pitched in three, three-and-ahalf years,” he said. “It’s truly a blessing to have an opportunity to play ball again. None of this would be possible without my parents and my family,” he said.

Bohnert said he has been throwing one bullpen session a week and participating in intrasquad games. He started the fall by throwing one inning, or about 25 pitches, and recently threw two innings. His latest outings have been 30 to 35 pitches.

His arm “feels good,” he said. “I’m still working the rust off. That’s part of the process got to grind through it. Stay in the present moment”

Reinart said He has good days, others when he struggles. “Command has been the issue,” the coach said, adding that the pitches were “all over the place” when he labored.

Bohnert throws the fastball, curveball and changeup. “He throws a heavy baseball,” Reinke said. “He’s got sink to it.”

As with all players, he has used the fall to prepare for the spring season, including making adjustments. He has tweaked his delivery because “he was coming across his body so much,” Reinke said.

He has been working on his direction down the mound, going to the plate. Once he becomes comfortable with his delivery and regains arm strength and velocity, Bohnert will be coming out of the bullpen to pitch during the spring.

‘We fully expect him to have that rust off and be ready to go,” stated Reinke. “He works really hard. He definitely wants to do this. Time will tell if the body will let him.”

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com.