Crafty left-hander embraces the pressure

Luke Heimlich, who has committed to Oregon State University, is thriving in his junior season

Staff writerMay 7, 2014 

Puyallup baseball player Luke Heimlich likes having the ball in his hands in pressure-packed moments.

Heimlich, who has already verbally committed to playing baseball for the Oregon State University Beavers, enjoys being one of the guys his teammates can count on. Heimlich has put together an 8-0 record with an ERA of 0.55. He’s thrown six complete games.

“When you’re pitching and you’re confident in yourself, you are going to do way better than if you’re not. When your team trusts you, it boosts your confidence that much more,” Heimlich said. “I know the coaches trust me and most importantly, I know my teammates trust me. That means a lot to have their respect.”

Heimlich tossed a perfect game against the Bethel Braves on March 28. Heimlich is excited about the opportunity to pitch for the Beavers in the spring of 2016.

“I just really liked the coaches down at Oregon State. Pat Bailey (pitching coach) and Pat Casey (head coach) are great men,” Heimlich said. “That really stood out to me when I was going on my visits.”

Recently The Herald had an opportunity to ask Heimlich a few questions about his life away from the baseball diamond.

The Herald: What is your favorite movie of all time?


Luke Heimlich: “The Dark Knight Rises.” I just liked the Joker’s character. He did a really good job. It was a fun movie to watch and never gets old.

TH: What is your biggest pet peeve?


LH: When other right-handed pitchers mess up my mound.

TH: What is your favorite TV show?


LH: I really like “Home Improvement.” My dad is a construction worker and it has always been a show we could watch together as a family.

TH: Who is your pick to win the NBA title this June?

LH: The Miami Heat. Nobody can stop Lebron James.

TH: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?

LH: Clayton Kershaw. I admire a lot of stuff he’s done as a pitcher. He is really consistent.

TH: What is your favorite hobby away from baseball?

LH: Anything outdoors. I like wake-boarding, hiking, camping and boating. My family likes being outside.

TH: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?


LH: I like debating. I used to be on the debate team. I stopped because it interfered with the baseball schedule, but I used to like that.

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