In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: Grafton Bearcats Baseball Player Chase Setler
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I love to be outside and play sports. I hunt, fish, and love to go hang out with friends.
When and why did you start playing baseball?
I started playing baseball when I was 5 years old. I started playing baseball just for something to do, but later it turned into my passion.
Who is your favorite sports hero and why?
Probably Mike Trout, center fielder for the LA Angels. Just the way he plays the game and respects his team and the fans, he’s a good role model.
Bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, 3-2 count, bases loaded, you’re up to bat with a chance to win the game. What’s going through your mind?
Stay loose, don’t get caught up in the moment, and execute.
What is your favorite movie about sports?
Benchwarmers for sure.
What is the most bizarre question you have ever been asked by someone about baseball?
“What’s a homerun?”
What do you say to someone who thinks that watching baseball is boring? And for the record, I think that baseball needs a pitch clock. Hurry it up already, we don’t need four-hour games.
Usually people that think watching the game is boring don’t know anything about the game, so that’s why you would get bored. And I agree with you on that one for sure.
What is one rule change you’d most like to see happen in baseball?
Eliminate the pitch count rule and go by innings pitched again.
What are your best and worst memories in athletics?
My best memory is throwing a shutout against Lewis County in summer baseball, and my worst memory is probably losing to Berkeley Springs in the sectional semis on prom night.
If I told you that I know of a starting pitcher who went through an entire baseball season and didn’t walk a batter, what would you say to that?
Wow, I don’t believe that.
If you could be a successful athlete in any other sport, what would you choose and why?
Basketball. I love the game and it’s fun to play.
What one word or phrase do you think describes you?
What is the outlook for this year’s team?
We have a lot of talent with a strong senior class and we also have some key contributors in the underclass as well.
You get to spend the day with anyone (past or present), who do you choose and why?
Definitely my dad. He drives me to be the best I can be and then more. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him pushing me to be great.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I could see myself playing for a professional ball club, but if not I will probably be working as an agent at the FBI.
What do you think you do well as player?
I’m a leader for my team, and I am also a flex player so I can play anywhere in the field. Batting is my strong point.
What do you think you need to work on as a player?
I need to work on my defense more and my quickness to the ball so I can field better.
Where is your favorite away baseball venue to play a game?
Potomac State’s field when we play Keyser, it just has a good feel to it.
Should kids today concentrate on a single sport or play multiple sports?
Play as many sports as you can and have fun with it while you’re still young.
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