LIBERTYVILLE — During his time at Libertyville, lefty Ian Grant became a force on the mound.
This summer, he’s staying prepared for his upcoming stint as a freshman at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he’ll play baseball. The college specializes in engineering, math and science.
Thus far this summer for the Kenosha Indians 18U travel team, Grant has posted a 0.80 ERA in 26 innings pitched. Pioneer Press caught up with Grant on Monday afternoon, and he shared some of his thoughts about his time in the diamond.
Q: What’s the biggest difference between high school and summer baseball
A: “During the high school season, you have to do things to get prepared for the season, and games are always on your mind. The rivalries, the postseason, all of those things. In summer ball I just need to show up and be prepared.”
Q: What are your goals as a baseball player in college?
A: “I’d like to be able to contribute as much as I possibly can and help the team win. And it would be nice to be able to be enough of a presence to help win a championship for them.”
Q: What was the most exciting thing about playing for Libertyville and having such success the last two years?
A: “Probably playing in Arizona. There were some fun games there [early in the season]. And also the games we played in down the stretch. Winning a [North Suburban ] Conference championship, a regional and being in the [2013 Class 4A] championship game.”
Q: What kind of pitches do you throw, and which is your favorite?
A: “I throw a four-seam fastball, splitter, changeup, curveball and a cutter. And I’d have to say my splitter is my most effective pitch.”
Q: What advice do you have for younger kids who want to become good at pitching?
A: “It’s not always about how hard a guy throws a lot of the time. Mixing up your pitches and changing your speeds is every bit as important in many cases.”