Pioneer Focus: Taylore Baker


Pedigree: This weeks’s Pioneer Focus goes to junior baseball player Taylore Baker after leading the Pioneers to a 3-1 record two weeks ago against Ohio Dominican on April 10 and Saginaw Valley State on April 14. 

As a pitcher, Baker tallied a batting average of .571 and three RBI’s while tossing the first five innings during the Pioneer’s shortened win over Ohio Dominican. Three days later Baker then worked seven strong innings in a 3-2  win over Saginaw Valley State.

Get to know the baseball player from Canton…

Junior baseball player Taylore Baker has led the Pioneers to multiple wins this past season with his stellar pitching performances. (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

Q: Favorite food?

A: I love to grill out when the weather is nice, so I would have to say my own grilled chicken breast.

Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

A: I would really like to fly.  I think the feeling would just be surreal.  It would give me a sense of freedom and peacefulness.

Q: Most embarrassing moment?

A: Well, I am a big jokester so I do quite a bit of embarrassing things. Jared Messer and I bought two sombreros in Arizona and wore them most of the trip.  I think a couple of people actually thought we were Mexican too.

Q: Favorite aspect of baseball?

A: The relationships I have developed with my teammates and coaches have been the most rewarding part of baseball.  I have made friends that I will keep for the rest of my life.  Being with them truly makes playing that much more enjoyable.

Q: Favorite pre-game music?

A: Usually I start my pre-game music with some Florida Georgia Line and JJ Heller.  As it gets closer to game time, I listen to some rap and more upbeat music.

Q: Favorite YouTube video?

A: I absolutely find this video hilarious.

Q: Facebook or Twitter?

A: Twitter, I really don’t get on Facebook that much anymore.

Q: Who is an athlete that you look up to?

A: Peyton Manning is undoubtedly my favorite athlete of all time.  I find it amazing watching somebody dominate a game at the highest of levels.

Q: Best and worst part of college athletics?

A: Missing class adds up when traveling so frequently.  Especially being a nursing student, it sure makes it difficult to catch up with all of the information.  At the same time, I could not even imagine not playing a collegiate sport.  I love being able to continue to play a sport that has shaped my life to an extent I could have never imagined.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years?

A: In ten years I would very much enjoy participating in a traveling nurse program.  On the other hand, I would also enjoy coaching somewhere as well.

Follow the baseball player on Twitter @Bake15.

Tina Oprean is a sports writer and the 2013-2014 sports editor for The Aviso AVW.


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