Q&A with Jacob Fleming, Belgreen senior centerfielder

Q: How old were you when you started playing baseball?

A: 5 years old

Q: Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player, and how?

A: Coach Vincent. He taught me a lot about the game and developed me into the player I am today.

Q: How do you get ready for a game?

A: I keep a businesslike approach to everything I do before games to keep a good mentality and focus.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not involved with baseball?

A: I love to hunt, fish and spend time with my family.

Q: What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and person you are today? I’ve had to adapt to numerous changes in all areas of my life, and I believe I’m a better person and player because of it.

Q: Did you have any routines or superstitions before or in a game?

A: I prayed individually and then with my team before every game.

Q: What is your favorite baseball memory?

A: My favorite baseball memory is hitting a walkoff single against Phillips last year.

Q: What baseball player has influenced you most in the game? Why?

A: Mike Trout because he is a great player and person. I try to get my swing to be as perfect as his.

Q: What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing career?

A: The greatest obstacle I’ve had to overcome is to learn it takes patience to be a good leader.

Q: What is life after being a baseball player for you?

A: I want to become a math teacher and baseball coach after high school.

Q: What are your thoughts on your season and career possibly coming to an abrupt end?

A: It’s heartbreaking. I’m still in shock and honestly can’t believe it’s happening like this, but I do understand it’s for the right reason. There’s things in life that are bigger than sports, and the health of everyone is definitely one of them.