Drew Huffman had memorable baseball career at Warren
Favorite subject: science
Sports: baseball (4-year letter winner), football (freshman year)
College: University of Akron
Major: mechanical engineering
Family: Greg and Julie Huffman (father and mother); Lauren Huffman (older sister)
Question: How long have you been playing baseball?
Answer: Since I was 3-years-old. My dad got me started.
Q: What’s your favorite MLB team?
A: The Indians. (Laughs) But George Springer (of the Houston Astros) is my favorite players. I like watching him play.
Q: Have you always been an outfielder/pitcher?
A: Right, except when I was younger, I played a little first base.
Q: As a lefty, do you feel like you have a little advantage on the diamond?
A: Sort of, because, I guess, we’re different. (Laughs)
Q: What position do you prefer, outfield or pitching?
A: Outfield, because it’s less stressful. I also like playing center field the best.
Q: Have you always been a leadoff hitter?
A: Just since my sophomore year. In my freshman year, I hit in the 9-hole.
Q: In the sixth inning the other night in the district semi (vs. Circleville), how’d you get on base?
A: Catcher’s interference. I can’t recall every getting on base that way. (Note: Warren rallied to tie the score at 1-all in that inning, and then won the game in its final at-bats.)
Q: Playing baseball for Warren and Beverly/Lowell, you’ve experienced a lot of highlights. Any one of them stand out?
A: Last week (May 16) beating Marietta (in a sectional final, 5-4) was my favorite moment. (Note: Huffman got the win in relief.)
Also, when Beverly/Lowell played at state and in the regional (Great Lakes), it was awesome.
Q: How’s Beverly/Lowell going to be this summer?
A: We’ve got pretty much everybody back, so it should be a good summer.
Q: Who’s had an impact on your baseball career?
A: My dad. He’s pushed me to get better and to keep improving.
Q: What do you do off the diamond? Any hobbies?
A: I just like to hang out with my friends and watch other sports, like football. I like Ohio State.
Q: You’ll be graduating Friday. Anything you’d like to shout out?
A: I’d just like to thank all my teachers for everything they’ve done for me, and getting me ready for college?
Q: Would you like to continue playing baseball at Akron?
A: I’m thinking of trying out for the team. But we’ll see.
Ron Johnston, email@example.com