The Lookout Sports Editor Maddie Toles recently spoke to Michael Stygles, a pitcher for the LCC men's baseball team. The sophomore from DeWitt offered a look into the story of his baseball career.
When and why did you start playing baseball?
"I started playing baseball probably when I was about 3 or 4. Both of my brothers played, and my dad was really into baseball so I started to pick it up. I've loved it ever since."
What do you like most about being out on the diamond, playing baseball?"
"I like hitting the most, that's what I'm best at. I actually got a scholarship to play somewhere to go hit. That's why hitting is my favorite thing to do."
What's your favorite memory of playing baseball?
"My junior year we went to the state semi-finals, and we ended up losing but I pitched a complete game. Even though I wasn't hitting, it was probably the most fun game I've ever had – especially playing at Michigan State. I just pitched one of my best games, and the whole town was there because I'm from DeWitt. There were a lot of people there."
Do you have any athletic role models?
"The biggest role model is probably my dad. He's the hardest worker I know. He's went through a lot of health issues in the past. The way he's worked to overcome those and to be a hard worker, he's teaching my brothers and I to be the best men we can. He's probably my biggest role model, not just in baseball – but in life and everything. He's always been there for me."
Is there anything you're working on in your baseball game?
"I'm just trying to get better. I always want to continue to be better. The goal is to play for as long as I can. I know it's going to come to an end sometime, but for right now I'm just trying to get better each day."
Anything you can learn from your new coach, Jordan Keur?
"He knows what's he doing, he's a great coach. He's a guy you want to play for, you don't want to disappoint. He's fun to play for, he knows what he's talking about … He's really good for our team I think, by pushing us."
What are your plans after LCC?
"Going to Oakland. I'm thinking I'm going to study some sort of business; not really sure yet. Hopefully I can have a career in baseball, but if not, I'll just do something in business."