Frontier center fielder Toby Minder covers a lot of ground — and can hit, too

Courtesy photo With a reliable glove in center field and a solid bat at the plate, Frontier senior Toby Minder has played a major role in the turnaround of the Cougars’ baseball program.

Toby Minder

Frontier High (Washington State Community College)

Year: Senior

Age: 18

GPA: 3.4

Favorite subject: business

Sports: baseball, basketball, football

College: West Liberty University

Major: Accounting/Pre-law

Family: Dave and Becky Minder (father and mother); Jack (brother), Mitch (brother), and Morgan (sister)

Question: What’s you favorite sport?

Answer: Baseball. I’ve been playing it since I was 5-years-old. My parents signed me up for it, tee-ball.

Q: Have you always been an outfielder?

A: Actually, I started out as a middle infielder. Then, I started playing outfield when I got to junior high. Now, I’m in center field, and there’s a lot of ground to cover.

Q: How are the Cougars doing this spring?

A: Well, we started out 1-5, but we’re 5-7, now. I think we’re pretty good. We’ve lost three games that we shouldn’t have.

Q: How are you doing individually?

A: I’m hitting about .550 in the 3-spot.

Q: Any home runs?

A: (Laughs) Not yet. I hit one last year against Shenandoah.

Q: How about career highlights?

A: We’ve won the sectional championship two straight years. And, we hope to make it three in a row this year.

Q: Do you think you’d like to play baseball at West Liberty?

A: It’s kind of up in the air, but I might try out.

Q: Do you have any favorite pro teams?

A: I like the Indians, Cavs and Browns. And, I’ve been up there (Cleveland) to see them play. Saw the Cavs in the Finals a couple of years ago. That was pretty exciting.

Q: Do you have a favorite Indian?

A: I like Lindor.

Q: Let’s talk a little basketball. What’s you single-game career-high point total?

A: This past season, I had 19 in a game at Caldwell. I believe that’s my best.

Q: You also played football at Frontier — but not your senior year. Why?

A: When I was a junior, I was quarterback, and I had a head injury.

Q: What’s a concussion like?

A: Well, I know I had real bad headache.

Q: You were a wide receiver when you were a sophomore?

A: I was, and I liked playing that position.

Q: Has there been anyone who’s inspired you at school?

A: At Washington State, I met Bob McCoy, a retired attorney, and we have a couple of classes together. He’s kind of got me interested in becoming a lawyer.

Q: How about in sports?

A: I’ve been close to all my coaches. I’ve always liked playing with Brent (West). He’s been a good friend.

Q: What do you like to do off the playing fields?

A: I enjoy fishing, hunting, and golfing. I play down at Pioneer, near Wal-Mart. I’m not very good, though.

Q: Where do you fish?

A: We have a pond at our house. And I also fish for catfish on the Ohio River.

Q: Get a deer this year?

A: Not this year. I usually get one every other year.

Q: Anything going on this summer?

A: I’ll be working. But I’m also thinking about playing Legion baseball at Beverly/Lowell or Marietta.

Ron Johnston, rjohnston@mariettatimes.com

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