Prairie Ridge sophomore Ethan Routzahn, a pitching prospect, will leave the Crystal Lake school after this spring semester.
Routzahn, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-hander, tweeted Monday: “So I will be moving from Illinois to Texas in the summer. It’s my last semester at PR.”
Routzahn pitched on Prairie Ridge’s varsity team as a freshman last season, but earned national recognition when he was a finalist for USA Baseball’s 16U team last year. Routzahn has worked out each summer for several years at the Texas Baseball Ranch in Montgomery, Texas.
“That is one reason we’re moving there,” Routzahn said. “We’re looking at homes in The Woodlands, which is very close to the ranch.”
Ron Wolforth founded the ranch and teaches the “Athletic Pitcher Workout,” which uses different teaching techniques than many programs and is aimed at increasing a pitcher’s velocity.
“I’ll be able to go there a lot from where we’ll be living,” Routzahn said. “We’re probably moving in the second or third week of June, so it won’t be a distraction for my high school season.”
Rob Routzahn, Ethan’s father, is a marketing manager for IBM and works from their home most days, which allows the family flexibility for the move.
Routzahn felt he pitched well in the USA Baseball tryouts last summer, but he did not make the national team. He said he had reached 88 mph on a speed gun when he was working out over the summer.