By: Gavin Bradley/Co-sports Editor
The varsity baseball season is currently underway despite having a rough start to the season. (Check out this article for more information about the spring sports delays here.) This year, the baseball team has acquired the young and talented Kaleb Folk. Folk is a junior and a three year varsity starter for baseball. In total, Folk has 14 years of baseball experience under his belt.
Folk, seventeen years of age, has been playing baseball since his was three years old. Baseball is considered America’s pastime and his pastime as well. So far this season Folk has 8 hits, 4 runs, 5 RBI and is batting at an average of 0.242.
We stopped to ask Folk some questions.
Raider Reader: Why did you decide to play baseball and why is it your favorite sport?
Kaleb Folk: “My family is huge on baseball. My uncle is a coach and he’s really shaped me into the player I am today.”
RR: What are your team’s goals for the season?
KB: “Every year we want a winning record. It’s essential to creating an opportunity for our primary goal of winning a district championship.”
Folk wants to improve his batting average and maintain his streak of no errors in the outfield. He places a lot of emphasis on being a leader despite being a junior.
“The team has a moral understanding that no one person can win the game; don’t try to be a hero.”
Folk wanted to close out our interview by saying he’d like to thank his brother Nick Folk, who graduated from Blue Ridge in 2017, because he’s been giving him a substantial amount of support throughout the season. He also wanted to thank his parents for all the time and money they’ve spent to make all of this possible. Last, but not least, he thanked his Uncle Gary Folk for being his coach on and off the field and his teammates for making the sport an amazing experience each year.