Position: Pitcher/ 1st base
Hometown: Decataur, Ill.
Warrensburg Latham High School 2014 Graduate
Fall 2014: MacMurray College
A FEW ACCOMPLISHMENTS
High School- Baseball-
Sophomore Yr. - Most Improved Player, ACE of the Staff, Okaw Valley Conference Honorable Mention
Junior Yr.- Okaw Valley Conference Honorable Mention
High School Football-
Senior-Offensive Linemen of the Year
FAST PITCH SOFTBALL (ASA) HISTORY (PLEASE INCLUDE AGE LEVEL AND YEARS)
ASA Fast Pitch Teams played for: Richville 16u & 18u (2011-2012), County Materials (2013), Jacksonville Budweiser (2010-2013), Villa Grove Hurricanes (2012),Villa Grove Jr. Knights (2011) Brownstown Bank (2013), Sibley/Forest Elites (2013), Decatur Pride/Red Mat Media(2010), Bowen (2011)
Team Awards/Championships earned: 2011-16u National Champs (Richville), 2013-18u National Champs (County Materials), 2011 19u NAFA National Champs (Bowen)
Favorite Movie: Any Will Ferrell or Kevin Hart movie
Favorite Sport (besides softball): Baseball
Favorite Pro Sports Team: Cubs
Favorite College Sports Team: Fighting Illini
Hobbies: video games with my friends, and playing different sports
Favorite Food: My mom’s chicken and noodles
Late Night Snack: Poptarts
What person do you admire most: My Mom
Three people you would love to have dinner with: I think if I had the chance to choose 3 people for dinner I would love to be with my grandfather, Gary Hopkins, Clayton Kershaw, and Kevin Hart. I would love to talk to my grandfather about my softball career as he never was able to see me play. I would love to pick Clayton Kershaw’s brain, a fellow left-hander, about his approach to pitching at the highest level. Finally, I think a dinner with Kevin Hart would be the funniest and most entertaining dinner ever.
Dream Job: Head coach at either football, baseball or softball at a high level
Pets: One dog (JD)
What does it mean for you to represent your country at this level?
Wearing those three letters across my chest and representing my country is the biggest thrill in my athletic life. Working hard with the other guys toward the ultimate goal of bringing home a medal would be such a proud and memorable moment.
What are the keys to the success of the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team entering the World Championships?
As a pitcher, I would say we need to focus on pounding the strike zone, and having an aggressive mindset. Solid defense is a must. I would also say we need to jump on the other teams early.
What you do enjoy the most about fast pitch softball?
I enjoy how everyone who plays softball somehow knows each other and all of the camaraderie this sport shows. It has also been a thrill to be able to be on the field playing this game with my dad.
How did you get started in fast pitch?
I watched it growing up and grew up on the field. I was invited to a USA camp by Coach Standerfer 3 years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since.