Cole Crist

You were on the Middletown baseball team that won a state title two years ago. Can you describe what your role on that team?

I was one of the guys that was called up from JV at the end of the year [for the playoffs]. My role was to take advantage of all the opportunities I got.

From then until now, in what ways have you tried to improve as a player?

I definitely tried to embrace my role a lot. Last year, I had a lot more power numbers than I did this year, but this year I definitely hit for a better average, and I put more balls on a line. So I really embraced my role as a guy that tries to drive people in, get a lot of RBIs and put us up on the board.

Speaking of power, in Middletown's win against Fallston, you hit a foul ball that carried all the way to the fire station well beyond the left-field fence at Montgomery Blair. What kind of feedback did you get from your teammates or anybody else who heard about it?

I've been asked about it at least 10 times after it happened. I wish I could have put it fair. That might have been the farthest ball I've hit in my life.

In what ways are the 2017 team and this year's team similar?

I think we're extremely similar. We're being led by a pretty good group of senior guys and upperclassmen, and then we also have a lot of underclassmen who are playing well, like Gage Queen and Paul McHugh. The way Coach [Andy Baker] put together the season, he put us through a lot of adversity and made us leaders. We have a lot of leadership on this team — even from the juniors, not just the seniors. Just a lot of guys who want to win baseball games. It's come together well. I think we had more seniors [in 2017]. This year, it’s kind of an even spread. We’ve got some sophomores, we have a lot of juniors and then a solid group of seniors. It’s evenly distributed.

From this season, what are some of the memories you'll cherish the most?

Definitely this playoff run. All the games have been hard-fought games. We went down in the Williamsport game, we went down in the Oakdale game, but we always found a way back and put runs up on the board. I think this one of the best fighting teams. We always leave it all on the field.

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