BASEBALL: Q&A with Jake Mackara, Camden Catholic

BASEBALL: Q&A with Jake Mackara, Camden Catholic


BASEBALL: Q&A with Jake Mackara, Camden Catholic


Jake Mackara, Camden Catholic

Jake Mackara, Camden Catholic

As part of our look at South Jersey baseball, beat writer Kevin Minnick will spend five minutes each week asking players from across the region a variety of questions. It’s not rehearsed, so players never know what they may be asked.

KM: What’s this season been like for you?

JM: It’s been up and down. We haven’t been able to get hot for a few games. We’d win two and then give one away. We’ve struggled.

KM: What kind of expectations did you have coming into the season?

JM: I expected to do better than I did. I didn’t really hit the way I wanted or throw.

KM: Any particular reasons why?

JM: I just had some bad games where I didn’t have good at-bats.

KM: Is baseball your only sport?

JM: Yes sir.

KM: Did you ever play anything else?

JM: I used to play basketball.

KM: Who’s your favorite major leaguer?

JM: David Ortiz.

KM: What’s your favorite color?

JM: Blue.

KM: What’s the last baseball movie you watched?

JM: Million Dollar Arm.

KM: Is there any hope for the Phillies?

JM: Not a shot.

KM: What’s your favorite subject in school?

JM: Math.

KM: Who’s the funniest kid on the team?

JM: Zach Raczka and no one knows it. Hands down.

KM: What’s it like playing for Coach Bergholtz?

JM: It’s great. He’s a good coach and he knows what he’s talking about. I like him a lot.

KM: Your field has a dirt infield. Wouldn’t you rather play on grass?

JM: Absolutely grass. Our shortstop, Nolan Gerold, takes a lot of hits and during infield/outfield we had a freshman third baseman take one off his nose.

KM: What school is your biggest rival?

JM: Bishop Eustace

KM: What’s the one team not on your schedule that you’d love to play?

JM: St. Augustine. I have a couple of good friends on that team and I would have loved a shot to play them.

KM: On your home field, have you ever put one in the trees beyond center field?

JM: Last year against Paul VI.

KM: What’s it like walking the halls?

JM: It’s a great school. I really like the atmosphere. I transferred from Seneca after my freshman year and it was one of the best moves I ever made.

KM: How would you describe your high school experience?

JM: It’s been amazing. I couldn’t ask for more.

KM: What are your long-term goals?

JM: I want to go to college for baseball and major in health management. I want to run a hospital. It’s a very big goal but I think I have the right characteristics for the job. I’ve talked to my parents a lot about it.

KM: What’s one part of the game you’d change?

JM: No defensive shifts.

KM: What’s been your biggest baseball memory?

JM: Beating Bishop Eustace last year on a walk-off at our place. We beat them 7-6 and it was amazing. I was warming up in the bullpen and Albert Faiola hit a double off the wall. He was angry it didn’t go out even though we won.


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