Every Monday night for the rest of the high school year, our sports staff will name a Sentinel Athlete of the Week featuring one area athlete who stood out in competition. This week we select Big Spring (7-4, 3-3 Colonial) baseball player Jaret Petty. The senior centerfielder went 6-for-10 with two doubles, two runs scored and four RBIs. He also smacked a home run in back-to-back days against Boiling Springs and West Perry, the latter an eighth-inning, walk-off solo shot.
He leads the team this season in batting average (.395), runs scored (10), RBIs (8) and extra base hits (8).
Q: What are your keys to success as a baseball player?
A: I would say the main keys that make me successful in anything I compete in is staying humble and grounded. I love to compete and I know in order to be successful I have to work hard. In baseball I put a lot of time into trying to keep my swing right and taking defensive reps in the outfield. Baseball is such a mental game, so I work on staying positive and confident also.
Q: What hobbies do you have outside of your sport?
A: I like to hang out with friends and work out.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: I’d love to be a professional athlete, whether it would be playing football or baseball, or even both! Sports mean a lot to me and I enjoy playing them.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: My dad inspires me the most. It’s pretty awesome to have him as my coach and I wouldn’t want anybody else.
Q: Mike Trout or Bryce Harper? Why?
A: Definitely Trout. He’s humble, he’s a competitor, and he plays the game the right way. Plus, he plays centerfield (which is where I play).