Q-and-A with Jake Latz, Lemont baseball
April 16, 2013 7:36PM
Jake Latz, of Lemont. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 18, 2013 6:21AM
The junior pitcher is headed to LSU to play baseball, and once figures to meet up with another Lemont athlete in Ethan Pocic, who starred on the Indians football team and enrolled early in the SEC school. Latz said his best pitch is his fastball, which has been clocked at 92 mph. Latz is 1-0 and has a 1.66 ERA.
How old were you when you started pitching?
I was about 8. I had a really good coach who emphasized mechanics. That was really important to me.
Did you play any other sports when you were young?
I always knew baseball was my favorite, but I also played basketball and football. It was my gut instinct to continue baseball; that’s what I always wanted to play.
LSU has a great football team and plays in the SEC, but what did you know about their baseball program?
I just knew they were always top of the line and had a great coaching staff. I always watched them play during (the postseason) and I’d watch them play (in the College World Series) in Omaha, Neb.
Do you follow the SEC a lot?
I didn’t follow them as much as I do now, but I do follow college baseball a lot. I think for baseball, the SEC and the ACC and the Big 12 are all good.
You’re the second Lemont athlete who is going to LSU. Did you talk to Pocic before you committed?
I never really thought of going to LSU but then they invited me down there. And then I asked Ethan about it and he was really positive about it. He really liked the campus and the people down there. I knew it was a good decision for me to go there.
What are you most excited about with playing college baseball?
I want to be down there in that atmosphere that LSU provides and I want to play on the team and live that whole experience.
As told to Tina Akouris