ROXANA - Senior Elias Thies already had two years of varsity baseball experience and was looking forward to another good season as a junior in 2023.

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Unfortunately, he never took the baseball field that year.

He was instead sidelined after tearing his ACL on the first day of wrestling practice.

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However, he battled back from the injury to once again shine in both sports and that's why Elias is a Midwest Members Credit Union Athlete of the Month for the Shells.

Eli came back to wrestling and was on the team that finished third at the IHSA state tournament after a stellar season.

Then he went right back into baseball action where he's a mainstay at first base and oftentimes pitches.

"He's another grizzled vet who's started since he was a freshman," Roxana head baseball coach Jerry Wheaton said. "He's still working things back and he hasn't played this much baseball in a long time."

He's one of just three seniors on the baseball team this season along with Aidan Briggs and Kyle Campbell. The three of them each play a big role on the team.

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