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Athlete of the Week: Jake Klag

Senior pitcher throws no-hitter against rival

BJ McGrane, Sports Writer

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Name: Jake Klag

Sport: Baseball

Grade: Senior

Position: Pitcher

The Lowdown: On April 18, Klag threw a five-inning no-hitter against Demarest in a 15-1 win. He struck out 11 batters in the no-hit performance.

Expectations: Klag says that the team wants to try to win its league, and try to make a run in the State Tournament again.

What He Likes Most About His Sport: “Baseball is a team sport. It might not seem like it, but when it comes down to it near the end of the game, you need your team to pick you up and cheer you on.”

Best Sport Memory: Klag says that his best memory is when he went to Cooperstown to play in a baseball tournament at 13 years old.

Proudest Moment on the Field: He said that his proudest moment on the field was his recent no-hitter against Demarest. “It was a big game, it was a league game. We lost to them the day before. So, I needed to throw strikes, hopefully get outs, and I needed my teammates to hit.”

Funniest Moment: Last season, when Pascack Valley played Teaneck, one of Klag’s teammates hit the ball to right field. The ball landed underneath a goose, and the opposing right fielder ran the other way.

Best Thing About PV: “Mary’s sandwiches, definitely the best.”

How Did it Feel to Throw a No-Hitter: He said that after the last out, everyone was looking at him, and it wasn’t until his teammates started hugging him and jumping on him that he realized that he had just thrown a no-hitter. “I was kind of speechless in the moment,” he said.

What Pitches Does He Throw: Fastball, Two-Seam Fastball, Curveball, and Changeup. Among those four pitches, his most effective is his curveball.

Favorite Actor/Actress: Kevin Hart

Favorite Movie: Step Brothers

Favorite Music Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite Song: Neon Guts by Lil Uzi

Favorite Subject: Physical Education

Favorite Food: Penne Vodka Pizza

Favorite TV Show: The Office

Favorite Pro Athlete: Bryce Harper

What He Does In His Free Time: Fishing and Playing Xbox

Role Models: His Father

Future Plans: Klag hopes that he will play baseball in college. He has been interested in attending various schools, such as William Paterson University, SUNY Cortland, Rowan University, and Saint Peter’s University. He wants to go to college to study physical education and possibly become a physical education teacher.

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  1. Henry Chmielnicki on April 28th, 2018 5:24 pm

    Excellent article. Enjoyed reading it very much. Keep up the great work.

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