When he was younger, Kyle Fitzgerald enjoyed playing soccer, football, basketball and baseball.

Like so many athletes, however, he had a decision to make when he started high school.

Should he continue playing multiple sports or focus on one?

Now a junior at Riverside-Brookfield, Fitzgerald has made the right choice for him playing baseball for the Bulldogs (15-8, 6-5 Metro Suburban this year) the past three seasons.

In fact, baseball is a year-round endeavor for the Brookfield resident considering he plays for Team Demarini during the offseason.

“It was an extremely tough decision whether to play multiple sports or choose just one,” Fitzgerald said. “It was kind of a process of elimination, deciding not to play football and soccer first. It was difficult deciding not to play basketball but I have no regrets.

“My brother (Kevin) kind of guided me. He told me if I really want to pursue my goal of playing at the next level, I should focus squarely on baseball.”

Last season, Kyle and Kevin Fitzgerald played together at shortstop and second base, respectively, for RBHS. As a first-year varsity player, Kyle Fitzgerald  batted .374 with two home runs, 18 RBIs, 16 stolen bases, .496 on-base percentage and .538 slugging percentage in 2015.

“Playing with Kevin at RB was probably the best experience of my life,” Fitzgerald said. “I grew up playing catch with him for 12 or 13 years so there was a definite chemistry on the field.”

In fact, the entire Fitzgerald family has flourished in sports. Kyle’s mom and dad, Kim and Kevin, were college athletes. Kim played volleyball and Kevin handball at the University of Memphis.

“Kyle comes from a great family,” RBHS coach Dallas Till said. “His passion for baseball and Riverside-Brookfield are evident.

“He has a strong arm with a high baseball IQ. He’s also a powerful hitter with tremendous physical strength. Kyle represents our program with pride and we’re excited to see how high school career culminates.”

Fitzgerald is drawing recruiting interest from several Division I schools, including Valparaiso, Virginia Tech, Michigan, St. Louis, Purdue and Stanford.

He’s also an honor roll student at RBHS with a 3.75 unweighted and 3.94 weighted grade point average.

“RB is a very good school academically,” Fitzgerald said. “I’ve been taking honors and ap classes that really challenge me.

“I intend on majoring in a business field like finance or management in college.”

While he has time to consider his college options, Fitzgerald has a greater sense of urgency when assessing his performance as well as the Bulldogs this spring.

“I have been better offensively than defensively,” Fitzgerald said. “I don’t think I’ve played as expected on defense but I’m working on getting better. I’ve done a good job getting hits, taking walks and seeing a lot of pitches as our leadoff hitter.

“As a team, we need to do a better job of generating more offense. We don’t have a dominant pitcher like past years with Will Kincanon, Connor Berek and Nico Ranieri, so we need to score runs to win.”

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