WINDOM -- For baseball pitchers, there are many ways to get outs. The confident ones tend to attack the strike zone. Satisfied with their “stuff,” they understand that it’s not always wise to play around the edges. Pitch to contact. Trust your defense.
Noah Kloss, one of three mainstays for the Windom Area Eagles high school baseball team, is a right-handed pitcher who attacks the strike zone. Though he doesn’t describe himself as a strikeout pitcher, he challenges hitters. He was one of the team’s most durable hurlers last year as a junior while he led the Eagles in pitching appearances, and now as a senior he joins Luke Gilbertson and Kobe Lovell as the aces of a deep pitching staff for head coach Brad Schlomann.
Kloss also plays hockey and runs cross country for the Eagles. In baseball, he also plays third base and shortstop.
Bound for the University of Minnesota-Morris after graduation, Kloss intends to play baseball and pursue an education degree.
Windom Area entered the 2018 spring baseball season hopeful for success, buoyed by its veteran pitching staff. The Eagles have struggled early, but their pitching should warm up as the last traces of a cold early spring go away and the inconsistent offense of 2017 begins to come together.
Kloss is a movie junkie. He loves to watch movies. This week, he stars in his own movie -- more accurately, a video -- detailing his exploits on the baseball field.
This week’s Globe video on Kloss can be seen online at www.dglobe.com. Some highlights from our interview with the crafty right-hander follow:
QUESTION: What things are you working on this spring to be a better pitcher?
ANSWER: “I’m working on trying to change my speeds a bit more, trying to have a faster fastball, have a slower change-up, a crazier curve ball.”
Q: How good can this Windom Area baseball team be this spring? Are you excited about the possibilities, and why?
A: “I’m very excited because we have a great group of guys around us. We’ve played together for a number of years now. We’ve grown as a unit and we have good chemistry. We’re there for each other.”
Q: What’s it like playing for Brad Schlomann? How has he helped you become a better player? And what does he stress from the team angle?
A: “It’s an honor to be a player for him because he works with all of us individually as well as a team. He stresses, more than anything, team chemistry and being effective on and off the field, and in the classroom. He’s always lighthearted about everything, and he says I’m perfect because I like to please everyone.”
Q: Do you have a personal baseball highlight?
A: “I’d say a personal highlight in baseball, for me, is when I hit my first home run. I was 11 years old at the time and we were in a baseball tournament in Northrop, and I was the leadoff batter for a game against St. Clair, and I was able to golf a home run over the center-field fence. It was my first at bat of the game. … What went through my mind was that, ‘Oh, man, that looks like a fly out.’ As I watched the center-fielder, I thought, ‘Oh, he lost it.’ And then when I saw it go over, I’m like, ‘I hit a home run! I actually hit a home run!’”