Chris Wido admittedly filled a bit role for the St. Charles North baseball program during a career that ended with his graduation in 2012.
He hopes a recent honor has him on his way to something more.
Wido last month received Morton College’s Chico Carrasquel Scholarship, a result, he said, of being the top freshman on the Cicero-based team while excelling academically and as an off-field leader.
“I was very humbled,” Wido said. “We had a few very good freshman on the team this year, so originally it was not something I would think I was able to win.”
Usually the Panthers’ cleanup hitter, Wido batted .277 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in 30 games. His seven multihit games included a doubleheader in which he went 5 for 8 against Oakton Community College.
Wido also proved sturdy defensively, playing catcher in all but two of the team’s games.
“There were times when It got a little tiring,” he said, “but when you go out there and you pretty much know you’ll be catching every day, you get in the right mental state of mind.”
That wasn’t the case at North, where Wido played alongside a group of solid recent catchers that included Ryan Thomas.
Wido is playing for St. Charles American Legion Post 342 this summer and hopes another strong showing with Morton next season can boost him to a bigger school.
“I am really thankful for the junior college experience. It definitely is a good place to get your name out there, get your playing time in,” Wido said. “For someone who didn’t get that much playing time in high school, it was nice to play and show what I could do.”