PENDLETON — The Pendleton baseball team started its league schedule on Saturday in a big way, sweeping The Dalles in a doubleheader with 7-6 and 13-7 victories.
Junior Nick Bower played a big part in those wins for the Buckaroos. He smacked a team-best five hits between the two games with a double and a triple, tallied four RBIs and also scored the game-winning run in Game 1 off of a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning.
For his efforts, Bower is the East Oregonian Athlete of the Week for the week of Apr. 10-15.
EO: How old were you when you first started playing sports?
NB: Competitively probably six or seven, but I’ve had a ball in my hand probably since I was two.
What was the first sport you remember playing?
Baseball because I couldn’t play tackle football until third grade.
What is your favorite sport to play?
Baseball and football are equal, it just depends on what season I’m in.
What’s a better feeling, throwing a touchdown pass or driving in a run with a big hit?
I’d say a touchdown, being under the lights and hearing the crowd cheer is pretty special.
Do you have a favorite professional baseball team?
I actually don’t watch baseball much, which I know is weird. Watching baseball is kind of boring but I’ll go with the Mariners because they’re close.
Who is your favorite athlete to watch?
LeBron James no doubt about it.
Do you have other hobbies outside of sports?
I like to hunt, spend time with friends, going on road trips.
What is your favorite hunting season?
Deer for sure.
Have your thought about your post-high school plans yet?
I’d like to go to college and play either football or baseball whatever opportunity comes, but it’s still early for me.
Do you have a dream job?
I’d like to become a physical therapist.
What is your favorite class in school?
Who is your favorite teacher at Pendleton?
Justin Adams, he was my business teacher freshman and sophomore year.
What’s your favorite part about growing up in Pendleton?
I love the small-town feel around. I feel like I know pretty much everybody here I have a ton of friends, it’s a great place to grow up and I hope to raise a family in a place like this.
What is your place to visit in Oregon?
I like Bend a lot.
What is your favorite movie?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite sunflower seed flavor during baseball season?
Spitz’s cracked pepper
What is your favorite local restaurant?
What is your least favorite food?
Asparagus, it’s terrible.
If you could change one thing about Pendleton High School what would it be?
I would extend our lunch period 10 minutes because I’m always rushing to get back on time.