Trinity senior Andrew Pfeiffer fires home in a playoff matchup with Gladstone High School at The William S Hart Pony Baseball & Softball Complex Friday afternoon. Cory Rubin/The Signal

Pfeiffer earns First Team All-CIF nod

When he started at Trinity Classical Academy, Andrew Pfeiffer had never really given pitching much thought. Thanks to his former head coach Tommy Kister, who saw the potential in him, Pfeiffer was able to find his niche on the baseball team as an effective dual threat.

His versatility allowed Pfeiffer to become one of the most dominant arms and hitters in the Heritage League over the course of his four-year high school career, culminating in a 2019 All CIF-Southern Section Division 6 First Team selection.

“For one, Coach Kister way back in freshman year, started me out pitching, and I didn’t really pitch much before this,” Pfeiffer said. “Having coach move me around the batting order and experiment with me at third base, some shortstop, second base and first base, I mean, it was really the coaches that forced me to be a more well-rounded player because they knew that would be better for me in the long run.”

On the mound, Pfeiffer was an elite talent in Division 6, finishing the 2018-19 season with the second-lowest earned run average in Division 6 (0.73). He went 6-2, throwing three complete games, 73 strikeouts in 57.2 innings of work, according to MaxPreps.com.

Pfeiffer was top four on the team in almost every hitting category with a .406 batting average on 26 hits, 20 RBIs, two home runs and 18 runs scored in 64 at-bats this season. He even showed his speed, successfully stealing five bases on six tries.

Even though he excels at both pitching and hitting, the former has the ability to really get him excited.

“It probably feels better to be on fire when you’re on the mound, because you have that feeling of being untouchable and everything is working that day,” Pfeiffer said. “I would have to say pitching is more fun. It is high-pressure and I enjoy that, I always have.”

The Knights began Pfeiffer’s senior season with a five-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 55-5, defeating Milken and St. Monica Academy along the way.

Over the course of four years at Trinity, Pfeiffer notched a .478 batting average, 99 hits and 79 RBIs in 207 at-bats. On the mound, the right-handed pitcher finished winning 21 games, a 1.36 ERA and 229 strikeouts in 185 innings of work.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank all the guys on the team … I mean baseball is a sport with nine guys, and whether it’s pitching or hitting, everybody is rooting for each other at the same time,” Pfeiffer said. “My success on the mound and at the plate has only been because of the guys pulling alongside me to work towards something higher.

“I’m incredibly blessed and humbled to play alongside my brother, Luke, for the last two seasons. Some of the greatest memories of my life, that I know will continue to be the greatest memories of my life that I will cherish forever, have been playing ball with him. I’m truly grateful for that.”

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