Terence Checkett is one of Lakewood High Schools best baseball pitchers, so we had to ask the man himself how he really does it.
Question: What is your fastest pitch recorded?
Answer: At one point in my amazing high school year I had pitched at 95 miles per hour. I wasn’t surprised at all, actually, I thought the machine was broken cause that pitch looked more like a 103 to me. But who am I to question a machine.
Question: Do you have any special routines before a big game? If so what are they?
Answer: Yes I do indeed. I eat one bowl of oatmeal before school. Throughout the school day, I drink about 15 bottles of water, but this water has to be from the “C” building.
Question: What is your ERA? Do you think it could be better?
Answer: My current ERA on file is at a .3. I really think I can get it better if I put more hard work and dedication into the team and the practices.
Question: What is your vertical?
Answer: 30 inches. It is very important to have a good vertical because if the batter hits it right over you and you can’t jump high enough to reach it then you are doing something wrong.
Question: How many wins does the team have when you pitch?
Answer: I have pitched five games and we had only lost one of them. And I have to give credit to the other team for being such good athletes.
Question: Do you have any shutouts? If so how did it feel?
Answer: I have three shutouts. And I very much enjoyed that feeling of joy.