PEDIGREE: This week’s Pioneer Focus goes to baseball’s freshman outfielder Keanan Locke for his strong start as a Pioneer.
Through the team’s first 15 games, Locke has been on a tear as he is currently hitting .455 at the plate with seven runs batted in (RBI’s) and three doubles.
His bat was especially strong during the team’s annual spring break trip to Arizona as he produced a .471 batting average in the team’s 13 games. His marquee performance of this entire stretch came in the second game of a doubleheader against Dakota Wesleyan on March 7.
In the 12-2 victory, Locke was the catalyst for the fireworks set off by the Pioneers offense as he went 3-for-4 with three RBI’s and one double.
Get to know the hot hitting outfielder…
Q: Favorite food?
A: Chicken Parmesan, but many close others (ribs, steak, and meatloaf).
Q: Something most people don’t know about you?
A: As a kid, I wanted to grow up to be a superhero or a ninja with superpowers.
Q: Most embarrassing moment?
A: I got picked out of the crowd to be in the halftime show of the Kent State women’s basketball game when I was about ten years old. They had a basketball obstacle course set up for me and this girl. By the way, I thought I was going to destroy this girl in the basketball obstacle course.
The first obstacle was the dizzy bat, this is when you put one end of the bat on the ground and one end of the bat on your forehead and spin around while keeping the bat on the ground and on your forehead.
Well I was a person that could not handle being dizzy very well, but I did not know what I was getting myself into when I told them I would do the halftime show. I stepped out on the court and looked up at the crowd. I may have waved my hands up a couple of times to pump up the crowd. We got set in our starting positions and I was just thinking that I had the crowd in my favor and I was going to smoke this girl in the course.
Then, the bell sounded and we started spinning. I was spinning and spinning and I was not handling it well. We had to get to twenty spins and I was at about eight when I saw the girl beside me finish. The people let me stop at fifteen spins because I wasn’t even spinning in circles anymore.
So, I ran forward and grabbed the basketball, but when I went to grab it, I fell over and hit my head off the floor.
Laying there, I could hear the whole crowd laughing at me. I tried to get up because of this, but I ended up falling again to the other side and hit my head again. I heard the crowd laughing harder and I was too embarrassed to move so I just laid there and watched the girl beat me.
I did not wanna go back to my original seat and listen to my dad, brothers, and basketball team mess with me for it for rest of the game.
Q: Favorite aspect of baseball?
A: I love the feeling of playing in a big stadium under the lights in hot weather.
Q: When and what was your best spring break, and why?
A: My best spring break was probably the last one I had with the baseball team.
I got to fly on a plane for the first time to Arizona. In Arizona, we played thirteen games in ten days. I love playing in the dry heat.
Afterwards, he took us to the Diamondbacks spring training facilities and it just happened that the USA baseball team was practicing there at that moment. It was the coolest day ever.
Q: Favorite fast food outlet?
Q: Least favorite rule at Malone?
A: I do not have a least favorite rule, but the dinner hours on Friday stink. I cannot tell you how many times I have missed dinner on Friday because I forget it closes at 6 p.m.
Q: Best part of college athletics?
A: The coolest part about college athletics is to realize that you are only one level below the pro athletes that you have been watching on television for your whole life. Also, knowing that you are a college athlete for a reason because not everyone has the skills to become one.
Q: Favorite YouTube video?
A: Mad TV – Coach Hines Play
Q: Coolest nickname you have ever received?
A: Keano is probably the coolest, but my dad called me Crash a few times in basketball because I was injured a lot.
Q: Facebook or Twitter?
A: I have both, but I do not really care too much for either.