11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
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Hometown: Marshalltown, Iowa
High School: Marshalltown
I came on a visit to Central’s campus and felt like it was a good fit for me.
You are majoring in Exercise Science-Health Promotion because…
I enjoy learning about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and I would like to help people improve their overall quality of life.
Who is your favorite professor?
I have had Dr. Richards for several different classes and I have learned a lot from her. She is a cool teacher who interacts with students in a positive way.
What is your favorite Central College memory?
My favorite memory at Central College would have to be winning the regular season Iowa Conference Championship outright my sophomore year.
What do you love most about being a member of the Central Dutch baseball team?
We have a fun team to be around this year. Everybody cheers for each other, regardless of their status or playing time. Those guys are like my brothers and I would go to battle for any one of them.
What did it mean to you to be named co-captain of this year’s team?
It was an honor to be named one of the captains of this team. The players vote for our captains so that makes it even more special to know that other guys on the team look up to me as a leader.
More exciting: touch ‘em all (as a batter) or web gem (as a fielder)?
That is a no brainer for me. I would much rather flash the leather and make a play on defense then hit a homerun (mainly because I haven’t hit any home runs in college).
Baseball is a superstitious sport; what is one of your pregame rituals?
During our pregame stretching, we always line up in the same spots and I give outfielder Zach Zylstra the same handshake before we start. We also listen to the same song as we pull up to the field for every game.
What is one thing people do not know about head coach Adam Stevens?
He has a contract with Banana Boat for SPF 10,000 sunscreen.
What does it mean to you to have your brother on the team and at Central (Blake, ’17)?
It was pretty cool to see my brother out there on the mound. I have been watching him play for many years and now we get to play together on the same team.
What is your favorite baseball team?
The St. Louis Cardinals are my favorite baseball team. My dad and I have been cheering for them since I was a little kid.
Who is your favorite baseball player of all-time?
My favorite baseball player of all-time is Ozzie Smith. He is arguably the best defensive shortstop ever to play the game and he played for my favorite team (the St. Louis Cardinals).
Should Barry Bonds’ career home run record have an asterisk next to it?
No, I don’t think that it should have an asterisk because hitting a baseball takes much more than just muscle. That being said, I think what he did was wrong and I don’t think he should make it into the Hall of Fame.
What is the best baseball movie ever made?
The Rookie is the best baseball movie ever made. (Spoiler Alert!) It is a classic story about a baseball coach who makes it into the league as a 40-year-old pitcher.
What is your favorite activity to do in your free time?
Besides baseball, my favorite free time activity is definitely video games. No explanation needed.
Who is the one person, past or present, that you’d like to have lunch with?
One person that I would like to have lunch with would be Roberto Clemente. He was a great person both on and off the field and he had a huge impact on baseball and society.
This season I hope that…
We win the conference tournament and make it to the NCAA tournament.
Bucket list (list items that you want to do/accomplish in your life)
Watch a game in every MLB stadium
Have a positive impact on society
Be a role model for my friends and family
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