Athlete of the Month: Jalen Aguiniga

Senior Jalen Aguiniga. Chris Arend photo.

Q: What sports do you play?

A: I play baseball and football.

Q: What positions do you play in baseball?

A: I play the second and third bases.

Q: How long have you been playing?

A: I have played baseball since I was five.

Q: Do you plan on playing baseball after high school?

A: I plan on attending a Junior Baseball to play baseball.

Q: What do you enjoy about baseball?

A: Most people find it boring, but what I enjoy about it is all the little things that have to go right in order for you to win. I also like the sounds of the game like a bat hitting a ball or a ball hitting a glove.

Q: Do you have a favorite Major League Baseball team?

A: Yes, I like the Chicago Cubs.

Q: What does a normal practice look like?

A: The practice is usually about four hours long. We have a 30 minute warmup and then usually do base running for 30 minutes. Then, we head to the batting cages and do a hitting station for about an hour. After that, we do fielding and technique drills for 30 minutes. We close the practice with a scrimmage.

Q: What is your favorite baseball memory?

A: Probably when I played at Principal Park because I watched the 2014 and 2015 teams play there and it has always been a dream of mine.

Q: What will you miss about playing for SEP? 

A: All of my friends that play baseball with me. It has been a long two months and 40 games, so you create a really strong bond with your teammates.

Q: What was your best game?

A: When we played against Ankeny. I went 2/4 with my second double and I had three putouts.

Q: What advice do you have for a rookie starting baseball?

A: Don’t count yourself out if you’re not starting right away. If you work hard, the coaches will see that and they will find you a place to play.