Senior Cole Kanazawa has become an integral member of the Boxer Baseball team in the 2018 season. Finishing up his senior year this season, Kanazawa has been primarily a relief and closing pitcher for the Boxers and has been able to cash in some crucial victories for the Boxers.
Kanazawa has made 17 relief appearances this season with 40.2 innings pitched, leading to a 3-3 record with a 2.43 ERA, which leads the pitching staff. He has made the most relief appearances and racked up five saves this season, showing his importance late in the games. The senior is third on the team in strikeouts (27) and has yet to give up a homerun. Twice this season, Kanazawa has struck out five batters and made a season-high 6.2 inning relief appearances leading to the win against Whitman College on February 17.
With a season of highs and lows, Kanazawa has been able to remain extremely consistent on the mound and carry his team along the way.
“I attribute my success to the coaches and teammates that have pushed me to be a better ball player,” Kanazawa commented. “I think I’ve improved mentally in terms of being able to close out games by developing a killer instinct that has helped me succeed as a closer.”
With the season coming to an end soon, Kanazawa’s eyes are set on having fun with his teammates and leaving a legacy to continue in the program. Kanazawa stated, “One personal goal I have for the rest of the season is to teach the younger guys to work hard and enjoy the time, because it flies by.”
The baseball team will play their next game against Linfield College on Saturday April 28th in Tacoma, Washington.