Cody Onsen is one of the key players for the Coal City baseball team, starting at first base and hitting in the middle of the order. He also served as the Coalers' starting quarterback in the fall and will play collegiately at Robert Morris College in Chicago in the fall of 2012.
Onsen talked about the start of the baseball season, as well as why he chose to attend Robert Morris in this week's Q&A.
Q. The Coal City baseball team is off to a little bit of a slow start this season? What do you think is the main reason for not getting off to the start you wanted to?
A. Reason for such a slow start this year is because we haven't been very consistent in our hitting and fielding.
Q. You guys play Morris Saturday. Is that a game the team is looking forward to, going up against a close rival and a bigger school?
A. Well we always look forward to playing Morris because we like to play better competition so we can see where we stand as a team.
Q. Any other games you're really looking forward to this season, and why?
A. Not a certain game I am looking forward to that much, just looking forward to playing all the conference games this season.
Q. How have you been able to adjust to the new BBCOR bats that the IHSA mandated this season?
A. I have been able to adjust pretty well with the new bats, but it did take a little time to get used to.
Q. Coal City coach Jerry McDowell just earned his 400th win. What's he like behind the scenes?
A. Coach McDowell is a very calm guy, and a very good game manager.
Q. You're heading to Robert Morris to play football? Why did you choose to head there?
A. It's a new program and it seemed like a good place to fit in, and get a good education.
Q. Any other schools that you were interested in?
A. I was also interested in going to Illinois State or Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Q. When is the soonest you think you'll be able to see some consistent playing time?
A. I hope I can be seeing consistent playing time early, once I get a good feel with the offense.