York senior pitcher and first baseman Anthony Santos has pitched 21 consecutive scoreless innings. In Saturday’s doubleheader against West Suburban Silver foe Downers Grove North, the Blackhawk Community College commit pitched a four-hit shutout while going 4-for-5 with two doubles at the plate. Santos, this week’s Oak Trust Credit Union Athlete of the Week, talked with Suburban Life sports reporter Dan Santaromita about the his two-way success, goals for the season and his plans for the future.
What’s been working for you on the mound?
I just feel like I’m throwing the ball well, hitting my spots, and the defense is playing well behind me. I’ve made a lot of adjustments with hitters, too.
Do you have a preference between hitting and pitching?
I love doing both. I want to do as much as I can to help the team win. I like hitting and driving the ball as much as I can. I like trying to dominate the other team as much as I can when I’m pitching.
What are your goals for the rest of the season?
Right now we’re .500 in conference. I hope we can win conference. We can still attain it. I also want to win a regional. We haven’t won a regional since 1996, so I think it would be pretty special.
Are you going to be able to do both at Blackhawk Community College?
Right now my plan is to mainly pitch and then DH to take less stress on my arm. They like my swing, but think it will be better for me to focus on pitching more.
Are you going to miss playing the field?
I’m pretty sure I will. It hasn’t really hit me yet and I’m going to play summer ball with a travel team.
What interested you about Blackhawk?
The program has been really successful the last couple years in terms of winning and producing players at Division I schools. I’m hoping to work hard, play well and hopefully something will happen. It’s always been my dream to play for a Division I team.