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Question & Answer with Morris baseball player Jake Capko

The interview for this week's Q&A actually took place a week ago. Since that time, however, Morris is still waiting to get on the field in a competitive game.

Looks like the Redskins are finally going to get their chance this weekend down in Jacksonville. Still, the timing is good to run this week's feature on Morris captain Jake Capko.


Q. Can you tell me about the upcoming season? Are you excited?

A. We are very excited. I think we are going to be the best team in our conference. I think we have a good chance of winning it. I think we also have a good chance of winning a regional championship and moving on to sectionals.


Q. Are those the goals the team has set for this spring?

A. Yes. We're going to be better than we have been in past years. We have good talent in both the junior and senior classes, so I think we're going to be good.


Q. What are the team's biggest strengths?

A. The lineup is very strong and we also have good pitching. We're pretty deep in the bullpen.


Q. With all the poor weather to this point, how much are you guys itching just to get outside?

A. A lot. We were wanting to get outside this week, but I'm not sure we are going to be able to. It's snowing out right now. And cold, rain and snow is in the forecast.


Q. Does it make you long for the start of the season, or is that every year?

A. Everybody in here is itching to get outside.


Q. How long have you been playing baseball now?

A. I think I was four years old when I started playing catch with my dad in the backyard.


Q. Did you play in a local league, a travel league growing up?

A. I've played travel ball since the age of 12. Even next year I'm going to play when I go to college.


Q. Have you been playing for the same travel team all of this time?

A. Yes.


Q. Which one?

A. Illinois Sparks.


Q. Has that team had success over the years?

A. Yes. I think we have like 35 seniors and 20 of them are committed to play Division I baseball.


Q. Is that kids from the Joliet and Chicagoland area?

A. Yep, Joliet and Chicagoland area.


Q. Well, that's kind of an All-Star team then. The expectations are different here. What's the biggest difference?

A. Basically its the top guys from every high school around here. The Catholic League schools, a few kids from Minooka … all the top guys, pretty much.


Q. How much has just focusing on baseball helped you? This as opposed to if you had played other sports?

A. It's helped a lot with my skill level. But I think for younger kids it's good. It's important for younger kids to play other sports because it keeps your athletic ability up.  


Q. Did you play other sports growing up?

A. My sophomore year I ran cross country and my freshman year I played golf.  As a kid I played basketball.


Q. If you had some advice for some young kid who was wanting to come up and play baseball for Morris High School, what would that advice be?

A. Work hard every single day. You've got to stay in shape, of course. You see a lot of young kids these days chunking out if you know what I mean. So, stay in shape and work hard every single day. You have to want to be better than the other guy.

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