Athlete Profile: Jaden Stuhr

Marion senior off to fast start on diamond

Marion High School’s Jaden Stuhr has helped the baseball team get off to perfect start to the spring season.

On the mound, Stuhr tossed 4⅔ no-hit innings against Tigerton on April 11, striking out 10 batters. He then struck out 11 batters over five innings against Northland Lutheran/Wisconsin Valley Lutheran on April 13.

At the plate, Stuhr had a bases-clearing triple against Tigerton, while also scoring twice. He tallied two hits, three RBIs and scored three runs against Bowler on April 11. Stuhr then had a single, walk, two stolen bases and a RBI against NL/WVL.

Q: When did your interest in baseball begin?

A: I began playing T-ball when I was 4, where I enjoyed playing. However when I began pitching in Little League when I was 7, that’s where I really fell in love with the sport.

Q: What has baseball taught you over the years?

A: There will always be ups and downs, and it’s how you handle those situations that decides how the outcome will be. Will you keep digging and fighting to get yourself out, or will you just roll over and let it happen? Always keep digging and keep fighting no matter how hard it seems.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do out on the baseball field, and why?

A: My favorite thing to do on the diamond is to compete. No matter who I’m playing or what the score is, I love having fun, working hard, and enjoy the opportunities that present themselves each day on the field. I love competing and making myself better along with my teammates to better represent our community.

Q: You’ve turned into a strong hitter and pitcher at the high school level. Talk about some of the work you’ve put in to become the player you are today.

A: Working the hardest and most when nobody’s watching has been very key to fulfilling potential, and I believe that I still have a lot of work to do to make that happen. From lifting and doing yoga daily, to hitting off the tee and doing my arm care routine, to bettering my mechanics from video has all helped me. The biggest thing is always having a positive attitude and mindset however, because without that I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today.

Q: After a big junior season, do you have any individual goals you hope to accomplish by the end of this season, and what will it take to achieve those?

A: By the end of the season I have high goals and expectations for myself, the first and foremost is earning respect from other coaches, players, and umpires. The rest of my individual goals are to be a better player, better teammate, and see where it leads me. I want to build off of last year as there is still plenty of room for improvement and through hard work and dedication, those goals will arise.

Q: Your team won a conference title last year but probably didn’t make it as far in the postseason as you’d hoped. What kind of goals does the team have this spring, and how can the team accomplish those?

A: On the first day of practice, we went through all of our team goals and each one of us had stated the goal of winning the conference and winning a regional title. We believe that with the core of our team having the knowledge and experience that we hold, we will be able to achieve these goals as long as we always stay together as a family.

Q: As a senior, how do you try to lead the rest of the team?

A: I have been told that I am more of a lead by example type of person, as I am not too outspoken. I have gained a lot of knowledge from coaches and past high level players which I try to pass on to the younger players on our team. All in all I believe that each one of our seniors have a key role in leading our team and we all have our different ways that bring the team together.

Q: Before a game starts, do you have any routines or rituals you go through?

A: When I’m starting on the mound, I have a lot longer pregame routine rather than when I start elsewhere. Before game time I get stretching, arm bands, plyo throws, some long toss, and then a short bullpen to feel my pitches and see what’s working best for the day. The last five minutes before the game, I like to sit in the dugout to meditate and reflect on how I need to approach each batter to bring another win to the program.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of competing on the Marion baseball team?

A: My favorite memory by far is having the opportunity to be a part of such a successful team last year even though it was cut shorter than we had hoped. Winning conference with the group of guys we had was special, considering we had all played together since we were young and it was our last year with all of us together with some seniors graduating.

Q: Favorite TV show, movie and musical artist?

A: TV show — “Chicago Fire.” Movie — “Major League.” Musical artist — Johnny Cash.

Q: Name one thing about yourself that not many people know.

A: I enjoy listening to piano music when I do homework to keep myself relaxed and focused. Plus there are no words for me to sing along to which helps me get my stuff done.

Q: You’ll be playing baseball for UW-Stevens Point at the next level. What kind of goals do you have for yourself at UWSP?

A: My main goal is to compete to the best of my ability and work hard day in and day out to help win a national championship. I want to bring out my full potential along with bringing out my teammates full potential as well. Becoming All-WIAC and eventually All-American will be a big goal for me too, that comes from all of the hard work and dedication in which I plan to continue throughout college.

AT A GLANCE

Athlete: Jaden Stuhr

Sport: Baseball

Positions: Pitcher, infield, outfield

School: Marion High School

Year: Senior