West Potomac Grad Lescher To Play Baseball at Penn

West Potomac Grad Lescher To Play Baseball at Penn

Pitcher enjoys Creedence Clearwater Revival, tacos.

Billy Lescher and the West Potomac baseball team finished runner-up in Conference 7 in 2014.

Billy Lescher and the West Potomac baseball team finished runner-up in Conference 7 in 2014. Gazette file photo

Billy Lescher joined the West Potomac varsity baseball team at the end of his sophomore season and was a key contributor during his junior and senior campaigns.

In 2013, Lescher threw a perfect game during an 11-0 season-opening victory over Mount Vernon. West Potomac went on to reach the Patriot District semifinals and Lescher received honorable mention as a pitcher.

As a senior, Lescher garnered second-team all-conference honors and helped the Wolverines finish runner-up in Conference 7.

Lescher will continue his baseball career as a pitcher at the University of Pennsylvania. He recently participated in a Q&A via email.

Q&A: What made Penn the right fit for you?

Lescher: Penn is in a great city [Philadelphia] and I loved the campus, coaches, and the players.

Q&A: What was your reaction when you were accepted into an Ivy League school?

Lescher: I was ecstatic. It's an honor to be going there.

Q&A: What will your major be? What position will you play?

Lescher: I'm not really sure what I'll be majoring in but I'm thinking international relations. And I'll be pitching.

Q&A: At what age did you start playing baseball? Have you always been a pitcher? When did you realize playing college baseball was a possibility for you?

Lescher: I started playing baseball when I was 4. And yes, I have always wanted to be a pitcher. I thought it was the coolest position because of how the pitcher controls the game. I realized college baseball was a possibility during the summer going into my senior year. I was on a showcase team and I noticed that I had begun throwing much harder with better pitches and pitch control.

Q&A: How many years were you on the West Potomac varsity?

Lescher: I got called up to the varsity team toward the end of my sophomore year and then played my junior and senior years.

Q&A: What position(s) did you play when you weren't pitching?

Lescher: When I wasn't pitching I was playing first base, which was a blast to play.

Q&A: Did you play any other sports at West Potomac?

Lescher: At West Potomac, I was a member of the swim team my freshman and sophomore years, and did dive team my junior year.

Q&A: What is your favorite memory of playing high school baseball?

Lescher: My favorite memory while playing baseball at WP would be either throwing a perfect game against Mount Vernon my junior year or just playing baseball every day with my best friends.

Q&A: If you could go back and change one thing about your high school athletic career, what would it be?

Lescher: If I could to go back and change one thing during my high school athletic career I would probably have worked harder in the offseason during my earlier years. Would've helped my game when I was younger.

Q&A: What are you most looking forward to about the transition from high school to college?

Lescher: I'm most looking forward to meeting my new teammates and getting to play at the next level.

Q&A: What is your favorite food?

Lescher: Favorite food is a tough question, but I'm going to have to go with tacos.

Q&A: Who is your favorite music artist? Why?

Lescher: Music is also tough, but I'd have to say some old Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Q&A: What is your favorite movie? Why?

Lescher: Favorite movie would have to be ‘Old School.’ Will Ferrell gives me a good laugh.

Q&A: Do you play video games? If so, which one is your favorite?

Lescher: I do play video games and I would have to say it's a toss-up between NHL and FIFA for my favorite.

Q&A: What is your favorite hobby outside of baseball?

Lescher: Outside of baseball, my favorite hobby is probably playing Wiffle Ball with my buds, or swimming.

Q&A: What location is the farthest you have traveled from the Washington, D.C. metro area?

Lescher: The farthest away from D.C. I have been was probably Los Angeles when I was younger.

Q&A: Are you a pro sports fan? If so, who are your favorite teams?

Lescher: I'm a huge Nationals fan, and I also follow the Redskins and the Caps, as well.