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Dylan Stidham Senior Interveiw

March 9, 2011
By Samantha Parsons of Centralia High School Activities

It's safe to say baseball doesn't get near enough recognition as it should in a sport-dominated town such as Centralia. Though oftentimes shrugged off, with a continuous drought of any district or conference title since 2004 season along with a losing record of 6-13 last year, there are still diamonds in the rough on the Panther lineup. One of these diamonds is senior pitcher Dylan Stidham. Dylan is a three-time varsity letterman who dominates on the pitching mound, as well as on the offensive side of the game. In 2010 he was named CCC All-Conference honorable mention. The baseballer and I sat down together to discuss his four year baseball journey in a Centralia jersey and plans for furthering his career.

SP: When did you start playing baseball?

DS: Actually, when I was 5.

SP: What's your favorite part about baseball?

DS: My favorite part about baseball is pitching because....I'm in control of the game.

SP: Who are your role models in base ball?

DS: Umm...I guess you could say Chris Caprpenter and Johan Santana because they're both pitchers and they're both good. I would love to be like them someday.

SP: What position do you play?

DS: Pitcher. But sometimes I play third base.

SP: Do you prefer offense or defense?

DS: Defense because I'm a pitcher and, when I pitch, I get the most personal attention.

SP: What's your best memory about baseball?

DS: Probably the game in South Shelby last year. I hit two home runs to win the game.

SP: Do you want to play in college? If so, where?

DS: Yes, I have several choices of where to play. Either Westminister, Quincy University, Mineral Area, Culver Stockton, CMU, or William Jewell.

SP: What do you think the most important thing to know about baseball is?

DS: Confidence. No matter what you're doing you gotta have a lot of confidence but know how not to show it. You have to know how to show enough, but not too much.

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