Poth brings lots of different skills to Jeannette baseball
By Kristie Linden
Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Shawn Poth Jr., a sophomore at Jeannette High School has been playing baseball since he first stepped onto a T-ball field at age 5.
“My dad (Shawn Poth Sr.) always played sports, so I've always played sports as well,” the younger Poth said.
In the fall, Poth plays soccer and last year he participated in Junior Legion baseball. He plays soccer because he enjoys being a goalie and said he's good at that position.“I really like playing baseball,” he said. “It's fun being able to go up to bat and getting ground balls. If you have a good play, you feel good.”
Poth plays third base, left field and right field. He calls himself a utility player and said the put him coaches put him wherever they need him depending on the game. His favorite spot on the diamond, though, is second base.
“I plan to start at second base next year,” he said. “I'm helping out with the outfield this season. Second base has some more action there. I like always being in the play.”
Poth said he's always liked baseball, always wanted to be a professional baseball player when he was younger. That said, Poth doesn't actually enjoy watching baseball as a fan. He would much rather be playing than watching.
“It's a lot of fun, you stay healthy and active all the time. I enjoy being competitive.”
This year's Jayhawk team needs to work together, he said, and “we need to keep each other up. I think we'll go far this year.”
“Coach Marcus (Clarkson) is a good coach. All our coaches are good. They all know what they're talking about,” Poth said.
His personal goal for this season is get a high batting average. He'd also like to hit a home run, something he knows he is capable of doing. Another goal is shared by the entire team — they all want to make the playoffs.
Poth isn't sure what the future holds after high school graduation —but he has more than two years to figure those things out. He is thinking about attending community college, but he isn't sure of a major. His favorite subject is math, but he isn't focused on any one career.
He knows he would like to continue playing baseball in one way or another after high school.
Poth's parents are Christine and Shawn. He has three sisters — Rachel, Hannah and Courtney.
Poth would like to thank “my dad for getting me into baseball and Coach Joe Cononico who is always my coach on my rec ball team.”
Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-838-5154.
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