Downers Grove North
Why Bohanon was selected:
Bohanon has gone 1-1 and allowed just four earned runs combined in his last two pitching outings for the Trojans.
One week after not giving up any earned runs in a loss against Lyons Township, Downers Grove North's Matt Bohanon was rewarded for another complete-game effort as he got the win Saturday against Leyden in a nonconference contest. Bohanon pitched six innings, striking out five and walking just one while surrendering four earned runs in a 16-6 Trojan victory. Bohanon, the Sears Appliance and Hardware Athlete of the Week, spoke with Suburban Life sports editor Jason Rossi about his latest outing and his role on the team this season.
What was your approach to the game against Leyden?
I'm not a guy that's throwing 90 miles per hour so I just try to keep the ball down. That's been my forte and I've been good at it this year. Keep the ball down, locate my pitches and out-smart the batters, for lack of a better term.
How did you feel prior to the game? Did you feel like you were ready to have a strong start?
I felt good throwing batting practice, but when I got out there my fastball was all over the place. My offspeed stuff felt good but I couldn't locate my fastball, so we talked about ways to get outs other than with my fastball. It wasn't my best day, but I battled.
How do you like being a starter in conference games this season?
I like having the nod in big games like against LT and OPRF. I love the game and I love competing. It's definitely different going from being a Thursday starter to conference starter, but I've been playing baseball all my life so I know how to approach it.