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Lake Braddock baseball standout Alex Gransback makes staying in shape a daily ritual

Lake Braddock All-Met outfielder Alex Gransback wants to do at least one thing each day to improve his game, whether it’s hit in the batting cages at school, run the hills or lift weights there or do “ladder” agility drills under his deck at home to better his footwork.

“That’s the thing, trying to do something every day to stay fresh,” said Gransback, the center fielder on the team that won the Virginia AAA title last spring. “I don’t think it’s possible for me to not work, because I know that other people are working to get better than me and I don’t want that.”

Gransback made one exception this summer. He attended a Christian-based camp for a week in New York. He canoed, rode mountain bikes and took part in other outdoor activities.

“It felt great, actually,” he said. “At one point, I was like man, I wish I did bring my glove, but I told myself I can have a week off without anything. But when I came back, it was like, okay, week’s over. Time to get back to work.”

Gransback’s main objective for the summer was to raise his recruiting profile while playing for the EvoShield Canes showcase team. It worked. He recently committed to Virginia Commonwealth, a decision that he acknowledges has taken some pressure off him.

Gransback batted .475 and hit safely in every regular season game last spring, his third season as a starter. He was not so sure he would make such an impact in one of the Washington area’s most successful programs when he moved here from Hawaii after eighth grade.

Coach Jody Rutherford played Gransback at third base as a freshman and then moved him to the outfield after a brief stint at second.

“With Rutherford,” Gransback said, “if you can hit, he’ll find somewhere for you to play.”

The Bruins might need more hitting next season than they had originally thought. The team already has lost its top two returning pitchers to injury.

Second-team All-Met Thomas Rogers, a North Carolina commit after de-committing from Georgia, is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery. Senior Nick Balenger, the No. 3 pitcher last year, sustained a serious spinal cord injury while swimming in Hawaii.

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