First baseman talks NCC baseball and future

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Tyler Swanson: Can you talk about how the seasons going so far and what you hope to accomplish as a team?

Nick Sotiros: We had a pretty rough spring trip. We played a bunch of ranked teams so that was definitely a learning experience for us, we didn’t have a great trip but since we’ve gotten back we’ve put together some nice wins. We’re first in conference and the end goal is to win the conference tournament and then make regionals and see what happens.

TS: What are some of the individual goals you want to reach this season?

NS: I’d like to be all-conference again which is my biggest goal; keep playing well, keep making small adjustments, and just getting better every game to try and help our team win.

TS: What can top being all-conference?

NS: I think the only thing that is going to top that is making it to regionals and winning the conference. Winning the conference tournament would be way better than being all-conference again.

TS: What has been some of the challenges you’ve faced as a team this season?

NS: We’re really young which I think has been one of our biggest challenges; we only start seniors and the rest are freshman and sophomores. It’s been kind of tough getting them to understand the game and the level change from high school so it’s been a learning curve for all of us but we’re definitely getting there.

TS: Can you talk about the influence of your teammates?

NS: I think the biggest thing is we come in and have a really good attitude every day and push each other every day, we also have a lot of fun together and love playing together. We got a lot of guys back from last year and we just have a really good group of guys. We all love being around each other every day.

TS: What impact do your coaches have on you as a player?

NS: They do a lot for us. They always give us adjustments, and Coach Matthews has been around the game for a long time and picks up on things we may not pick up on that we can use for our next at bat to make us better.

TS: What’s next for you as a player?

NS: I think this is it for baseball; it’s been a really big part of my life, since I was 8 years old. It’s been a long time, but I think I’m ready for the next chapter in my life. I have a job offer at PWC, an accounting firm where I’ll start in the fall. I hope to stay connected to baseball somehow but I don’t think playing is what I’m going to be doing.

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