Pedigree: This week’s Pioneer Focus goes to senior pitcher Taylore Baker. Baker recently had a three-hit shutout to lead the Pioneers to a 1-0 victory over Walsh. Baker struck out five and walked just two over seven innings in the game. Baker is ranked second on the team in innings pitched with 48 and also is ranked second on the team with 46 strikeouts. Ten strikeouts against Hillsdale College was the most by a Malone pitcher thus far this season and also a new career-high for Baker.
Get to know the pitcher from Canton,Oh…
High School: Canton Central Catholic
Q: Do you have a nickname?
A: Not many people call me by a nickname, but Bake would be one that I hear occasionally.
Q: What got you into baseball?
A: Playing catch in the early years of my life with my dad in the backyard is where my love for the game all started. From playing little league t-ball to going to Indians games, baseball has been such an influential game that has shaped my life.
Q: Why did you choose to be a pitcher?
A: I didn’t exactly choose to be a pitcher solely, I also hit and played the infield my whole career, even some last year. I think focusing on pitching has allowed me to direct all of my attention to one of my talents and perfect it to the best of my ability to be successful.
Q: What other position would you want to play?
A: I played third base previously and really enjoyed hitting as well.
Q: What’s your theme song?
A: My walkout song is “Ready, Set, Roll” by Chase Rice.
Q: If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be?
A: I’d be some sort of bird, maybe an eagle? I think flying would be pretty neat.
Q: What are your plans for Easter?
A: I’ll be of course going to church in the morning, then eating with my gigantic family, enjoying each other’s company, and catching up with everyone on what they have been up to.
Q: What school did you go to before Malone?
A: Before transferring last year, I attended Northern Kentucky University for two years.
Q: Why did you choose Malone?
A: Malone gave me an opportunity to continue my baseball career and provided an excellent education in a major that I wanted to pursue.
Q: Is it true that you have the singing voice of an angel according to your teammates?
A: I have been told many times that my voice makes people melt and others demand for more!
Q: What’s something nobody knows about you?
A: I enjoy running; I have completed a few half marathons and am running a full later this spring.
Q: Where do you see yourself after college?
A: Working perhaps in a hospital or other healthcare facility, raising a beautiful family, and hopefully coaching baseball in some way to stay connected to the game.