Coming back from a career-threatening injury is never easy but Corcoran senior pitcher/infielder Jamie Boronczyk has done just that.
Boronczyk is one of the key players for the Cougars this spring on the mound and at shortstop. Boronczyk is back at full strength after suffering a torn ligament in his right elbow while playing summer ball in 2008.
To save his baseball career, the injury required surgery. The procedure to repair the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), more commonly known as "Tommy John surgery", was performed by Dr. Daniel DiChristina in July of 2008.
"When I was playing I felt a pop," Boronczyk recalled. "They took a ligament out of my wrist and replaced the torn ligament in my elbow."
After being unable to throw for a few months following surgery, Boronczyk worked his way back and has made a successful recovery.
"It took a lot of work to come back," Boronczyk said. "I was constantly working at it, doing different exercises the doctor gave me. It helped me get back to prime strength."
The right-handed Boronczyk showed off his arm strength in a masterful 4-1 win over West Genesee on April 10 at Corcoran's Van Duyn Field. Boronczyk, Corcoran's number one starter, tossed a complete-game three-hitter and gave up no earned runs against the Wildcats, considered one of the front-runners in the CNYCL American division this season.
"It was nice," he said. "West Genny's tough every year one through nine. I just made sure I got the ball over the plate and relied on my defense to make the plays and we got the job done."
When Boronczyk isn't pitching, he is the anchor of the Corcoran infield at short. Hitting-wise, Boronczyk is off to a slow start with a .214 batting average. But he does lead the team with five RBIs and one of his three hits is a home run.