Folsom Athlete of the Week: Jacob ChavezBy: Matt Long of the Telegraph
Folsom American’s 9-10-year-old All-Star team split four games in the District 54 Tournament, but would have never gotten to the fourth game without Jacob Chavez.
Chavez pitched a five-inning complete game in Folsom American’s 12-2 win over Roseville West on Thursday. Chavez allowed six hits and struck out three without walking anyone and finished the game with throwing only 59 pitches, a good outing by anyone’s standards.
Here’s the kicker: Chavez began the season in Triple A and the last time he pitched was in a Triple A game on April 7.
“He went from throwing in a Triple A game to shutting down a good Roseville West All-Star team,” Folsom American Manager Jeff Alkire said. “That’s pretty incredible if you ask me. To top it off, he had the two hits in the game, including the walk-off hit that made it 12-2. That was pretty cool.”
Folsom Telegraph: How old are you, what school do you go to and what grade will you be in this fall?
Jacob Chavez: I am 10 years old. I attend Russell Ranch Elementary and will be going into fifth grade in the fall.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
JC: Yes, my entire family enjoys playing and watching sports. My sister is a cheerleader and my little brother plays baseball as well. My parents all played competitive sports when young.
FT: How long have you been playing baseball? What position(s) do you play? What do you like best about baseball?
JC: I started playing baseball at 2 years old with my dad. The positions I usually play are pitcher, shortstop, and second base. I like these positions in baseball the best because of the action in these spots and helping my team get outs.
FT: Do you play any other sports?
JC: I play competitive basketball for the Vista Talons. I also enjoy tennis and golf.
FT: What is your top baseball memory? Why?
JC: Getting selected to play for the 9/10 All-Star team was amazing, but when my coach selected me to be the starting pitcher for the third game will be a day I could never forget. I pitched my best game ever; pitching a complete game and only giving up two runs and six hits. My teammates were awesome backing me up defensively and we won.
FT: What’s your favorite class/subject in school and why?
JC: My favorite subject is history in school because I love to learn about what happened in the past.
FT: Favorite sports team?
JC: Los Angeles Dodgers
FT: Favorite professional athlete?
JC: Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.
FT: Favorite food?
JC: Spaghetti and meatballs and all desserts.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
JC: Sports inspires me because it is a constant challenge to get better and is a lot of fun.
FT: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you like to do in your spare time?
JC: One of my favorite hobbies is taking my annual ballpark MLB baseball trip. I have visited 10 ballparks so far and this year I go to Kansas City. In my free time, I enjoy reading and playing with friends.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
JC: I have an annoying cat named Maximus, but he is kind of cute.
FT: What do you think you might want to do when you grow up?
JC: I want to be a Major League Baseball player.