Leading off as CJ's first feature team of the spring, the varsity baseball team will open up GCL North play at Carroll Wednesday, March 30 and follow up with the feature game of the week Friday against Alter at Action Sports Center (directions) starting at 5 p.m.
The Eagles (1-0 overall, 0-0 GCL) got off to a hot start in 2011 on a chilly Tuesday evening March 29, putting up 25 runs in the season opener against Ponitz Career Technology Center while allowing none. This year’s squad—comprised of a good mix of sophomores, juniors and seniors—looks to improve on a disappointing 2010 season in which nine of the team’s losses were decided by three runs or less.
Q&A with the Captains
Get to know seniors Josh Marshall, OF; Adam Schmidt, P/INF; Tyler Rohrer, OF; and James Walker, P/OF (pictured left to right below) both on and away from the diamond in this Q&A session with the captains:
What is your best CJ baseball memory?
Adam: It would probably be after our St. Mary’s game last year. We went to coach Cheslock’s house, who was coach Barhorst's coach when he played at CJ. We had just beat St. Mary’s by one run, it was a really good game, then we went back to his house and had pizza.
Josh: My best memory is going to Elder last year and going 3-for-3.
James: I guess mine would be sophomore year when I almost hit for the cycle against Badin. I just needed the home run.
Tyler: Probably the inside-the-park home run I hit last year at Oakwood. Had there been a fence there, it would have been gone, but they don’t have a right field fence at Oakwood. It just kept rolling.
What games this season are you most looking forward to and why?
Josh: Both Carroll games. I know a lot of people from Carroll, so I want to beat them pretty bad.
Adam: I’m looking forward to both Alter games because the first game last year they beat us by ten and then in the second game they beat us in 10 innings.
James: I’d say our game against Fenwick at Fifth Third Field (Monday, May 2 at 5 p.m.), and all our games against GCL South teams just to see how we compare against some of the best teams in Ohio.
Tyler: The game at Badin (Wednesday, April 20 at 5 p.m.) because last year we lost by one and it was completely our own fault. I think if we are on our “A” game this year we can finally beat them. We’ve never beaten them since I’ve been in high school.
What is one team goal and one personal goal you have for this year?
Josh: One team goal is to win the GCL North, and my personal goal is to have a batting average of .500.
Adam: I have the same team goal, to win the GCL North, but my individual goal is to finish in the top three on the team in ERA.
James: The team goal is to go as far as we can in the playoffs and hopefully go to state. My personal goal is to win Pitcher of the Year in the GCL North.
Tyler: My personal goal is to lead the GCL in steals, and my team goal is probably to get 15 wins.
What are your plans after graduation in May?
Josh: I am probably going to Ohio University and start to get ready for wrestling there. I am undecided on a major.
Adam: I’ll be going to either OSU or Xavier and I’ll probably study business.
James: I’m going to Wright State or Indiana Tech and studying business.
Tyler: This summer I’d like to get a job to get some money for school and I’m going to try to walk on to Xavier’s baseball team. I’ll be studying pre-med.
Baseball is filled with superstitions. Do you have any rituals or superstitions on the field?
James: I have to put my uniform on a certain way and I do it the same way each game.
Josh: I try to think that superstitions are based on what people think about them. So like if you believe in the superstition then it’s going to come true for you, so I try to not even think about any superstitions. Like when people say to lift your feet over the railroad tracks, I don’t do that just because I try not to believe in them.
Adam: I do the same routine at the plate during the game when I’m stepping in against the pitcher. I put my first foot in, look down at the coach, step in and tap the outside corner of the plate once with my bat, then get ready to hit.
Tyler: If I have a good game and we win, I don’t wash my socks.