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Whitewater's Bachar thrives with second chance in baseball

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WHITEWATER, Wis. (WKOW) -- As one of college baseballs top 100 prospects, one could guess that Lake Bachar was recruited to play baseball at UW-Whitewater. But that would be far from the truth.

Bachar was a phenomenal two-sport athlete at Wheaton North High School, but he ended up choosing to play football in his first year at Whitewater. He saw time immediately as a freshman, posting 81 kickoffs for 4,819 yards. He took it a step further his sophomore season, kicking 106 times for 6,410 yards and punting 54 times for 2,076. That year, the Warhawks won their sixth division III national championship, 43-34 over Mount Union. In that nine-point victory, Bachar kicked three field goals. 

But ultimately, Bachar's heart longed for another shot at baseball.

Head coach John Vodenlich already knew about the arm that Bachar had, offering an "open-door policy" if he ever decided to go back to pitching. 

"Football was really the lead there but in the recruiting process, I'll tell ya, the area high school coach was adamant that his future was in baseball."

His first season under Vodenlich, he went 7-1 recording a 2.24 ERA. With those numbers, Bachar was named 2015 Midwest Region Rookie of the Year, third team All-Midwest Region, American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings third team All-Midwest Region and first team All-WIAC. That summer, Bachar played with the Northwoods League and ended up being tabbed as the league's top prospect. Minor league coaches quickly took notice.

"He's gotten tons of attention. He's sat down and met with every major league team," Vodenlinch said. "He throws the ball 95 miles an hour to start, he has impeccable control. He's able to throw four pitches all of which in my opinion are plus pitches."

A year ago, Bachar never would have thought Major League scouts would be hounding him down.

"It just really came out of no where, "Bachar said. "I really didn't think I'd be playing baseball in college anymore. But it's crazy, it's surreal."

Kevin Bullis, the head coach of the Warhawks football program, couldn't be more proud.

"If you read the internet, it sounds like we might be losing a punter. [But] I'm excited for Lake if that opportunity comes for him, you can't be nothing but excited for him."

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