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Fast learner fastens on fastball

Conner Cummiskey makes move into pitching role

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Conner Cummiskey made his debut as a varsity pitcher early this season and looked impressive in allowing only one hit in four innings.

The junior is the Heritage third baseman, plus he is filling in on the mound and was a standout in his initial career start against rival Arapahoe on March 23.

“I'm a football and baseball player but I like baseball better,” said Cummiskey, who was the Eagles' starting quarterback on the football team last fall. “I just feel like I have a better future in baseball and I just like the game better the way it is played.”

His first varsity mound appearance should provide his with some confidence.

“I enjoy playing third every day but I feel like I am a better pitcher for college,” he said. “I am probably going to college to be a pitcher. In any situation where it is on the line, I'm going fastball. That's the pitch I always rely on. I work on my off speed a lot and I just picked up a new pitch, a knuckle curve ball. I'm working on that and trying to get better with that. “

Key stats:

After six games, Cummiskey was hitting .278 with a double and two triples among his five hits. So far he had made just the one start against Arapahoe and picked up the win. As the starting quarterback for the Eagles last football season, Cummiskey passed for 1,729 yards with 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Coach's take:

`Conner pitched very well in his first varsity appearance. He was just kind of coming out of nowhere and has worked his way into the rotation.'

Tyler Munro

Heritage baseball coach

Q&A with Conner Cummiskey

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Baker Mayfield. I love the way he plays and his competitive mindset. He just goes out and competes every day.

What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?

Probably my dad (Tom), he just pushes me every day to be the best that I can be.

What would be a perfect performance in your sport?

Depending on how many at bats I get, let's say 3-for-3 and a home run hopefully. And just making every play. If I'm on the mound, just filling up and throwing strikes and hopefully my defense can back me up

What is your favorite class in school and why?

I've always liked math

What do you like to do away from sports and school?

I like to ski. I skied a lot this winter because I don't play a winter sport. I usually stop about a month before the season starts so I don't get hurt.

What are your plans after high school?

I want to play college baseball

Is it easier to throw a 10-yard down-and-out pass or a strike in baseball?

Probably it is easier to throw a strike.

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