Freshman Sportlight: Baseball

By Devin Ditto

Where are you from? What drew you to Lawrence?

Evanston, Ill. Coach Anderson recruited me, so that’s how I found out about it. Then I visited and it’s a good school. It fit me academically and socially.

What sparked that initial interest in the sport?

My dad is a huge baseball fan, so he wanted me to play. He got me into it, he coached me my whole life. It was because of him, but I learned to love it.

The season hasn’t officially started yet, but you guys are practicing. How has that been different than in high school?

It’s different in that everyone on the team was one of the best on their high school team so the talent level is a notch above high school. So that makes for more competition.

What do you hope to bring to the team this season?

Be a good teammate, and do my job the best I can.

What are you most looking forward to this season?

The games, actually getting to play. We’ve been practicing for 4 to 5 weeks now, so I’m getting anxious to play.

What has your role in athletics taught you about being academically successful?

Time management. Playing a sport doesn’t leave a lot of time for other things. I have to manage my time so that I can get my stuff done. It’s taught me to utilize my time the best I can.

How have the seniors on the team helped with transitioning from high school to college sports?

All the seniors are really welcoming, and they’ve been very helpful with the freshmen. We’ve been hanging out a lot and they have shown us the ropes with the transition. They’ve done it for three years now, so it’s helpful.