Former Loveland High School star and former University of Louisville outfielder Adam Engel had a large cheering section when he returned to play the Reds in Cincinnati Monday night.
CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDRB) — Adam Engel had five hits in three games at Texas last weekend. He went four-for-four against the Orioles in May, flashing the tools that convinced the Chicago White Sox to draft him out of the University of Louisville in 2013.
He has homered against Sonny Gray and Carlos Carrasco. Engel also launched one of his eight career home runs in Wrigley Field. Nothing gives a young White Sox player immediate acceptance in Chicago like a home run against the other team in town.
But Monday night, in his 172nd big-league game, Engel celebrated another moment for his baseball scrapbook:
His first game against the team that Engel supported before he arrived at U of L — the Cincinnati Reds.
Check the section along the third base line behind the White Sox dugout, especially the folks wearing gray “Adam Engel 15” T-shirts. More than 150 family members and friends from his hometown of Loveland, Ohio, about 20 minutes from Great American Ball Park, celebrated his arrival. There were fans wearing Louisville baseball caps and shirts in the group, too.
The fan club will grow Tuesday and Wednesday evenings when the White Sox and Reds play the final games of the three-game series. Engel’s Mom, Lynne, said she purchased more than 250 tickets for the Tuesday game — and sold all of them.