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Meet a BlueJacket: Ryan Voelkel
AKA: Stroke, Longball, RV, Babyface
Position: First base Number: 41
Height: 66 Weight: 255
Hometown: Yakima, Wash.
College: Green River Community College (Auburn)
Major: Plans to go into prelaw
Hobbies: Ping pong, basketball, football, fishing
If anyones bat provided the bulk of the spark to the Kitsap BlueJackets hot start this year, its been that of Ryan Voelkel. Voelkel, who earned a spot on the BlueJackets roster because the team was waiting for Joey Lind to report, made it impossible to put him back on Tacoma.
Voelkel, who plays for Kitsap coach Matt Acker at Green River, is second to Lind with nine RBI in league play for the Jackets. His .293 average is third and he leads the team with seven doubles. He took a little time to catch up with us this week.
What do you think of playing in the WCCBL so far?
Its nice to have a coach and good authority figure that knew me. I love it. The fans are great.
Whats your favorite
It was probably a walk-off home run I hit against Tacoma Community College. It was great. I just loved it. I kind of just didnt know what to feel.
What do you think of
Kitsap County so far?
Ive been over here, playing tournaments before. But not the Fairgrounds. I love it. The weathers nice. Got a nice little breeze (at the field). Like I said, the
fans are great.
When did you fall in
love with baseball?
In high school, I really started to excel in baseball more than any other sport (he also played football and basketball). That was
when I really started to pick up more love for it.
Whats one of your funniest baseball memories?
We make all the new guys on the (BlueJackets) come out and do a talent in front of everyone. I liked it. Joey Lind did the macarena. That was funny. Its good team building.
What are some things
people should know
about Ryan Voelkel?
I play the game the way I am. I like to have fun, but I know how to buckle down.
Whats something people dont know about
I like to have a good time. A party? Hey, Im there. I always
like to go out with my
friends and stuff.
If you could have anyones swing or glove, whose
would it be?
Id probably take A-Rods (New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez) swing. And glove.
Hes probably the best
athlete Ive ever seen.