Athlete Spotlight: Clarke County baseball player Jonah Cochran

Athlete Spotlight: Clarke County baseball player Jonah Cochran

Clarke County High School 17-year-old senior

Sport: Baseball. Positions: Outfield, pitcher

Parents: Ben and Katie Cochran

Hometown: Born in Cape Hatteras, N.C., moved to Berryville at age 3

What do you love about baseball: I love early mornings going out and being with the guys and having the team aspect. I just love the game and I love going out there and working hard. I’ve always loved it.

Most memorable moment in baseball: Maybe it was my first home run. It was in Little League a long time ago. When you hit the first home run, you’ve got that out of the way. [It was] making Dad proud.

Most embarrassing moment in baseball: Back in Little League, I think it might of been a game before we went to regionals or states. I was playing right field and had a ball go over my head and it was an inside-the-park home run and we lost the game. The bases were loaded I think.

Most difficult moment in baseball: I fractured my back. It was a small fracture, but it was a long time in rehab. I couldn’t really do that much baseball. It kind of was slow trying to get back into it and trying to decide whether I wanted to pursue it or not. And now, here I am.

Three people you can have dinner with, dead or alive: My uncle Mark [Cochran], he passed away and it would be nice to see him again; My dad, because [he and Mark] are funny together; My grandfather [Larry Cochran], they are a funny trio.

Biggest athletic influence: My dad. He pushed me to keep pursuing baseball and doing what I loved, even when I thought it wasn’t right for me.

Who is your favorite teacher: Mr. [Philip] Harper, he’s a Latin teacher. I don’t like Latin so much, but he’s a funny dude and his class is pretty enjoyable.

Favorite athlete: Mike Trout

Favorite sports team: Baltimore Orioles

Favorite movie: “Lone Survivor”

Favorite TV show: I don’t watch a whole lot of TV.

Favorite song: My favorite genre is classic rock.

Favorite food: Definitely seafood, just in general.

Worst thing you’ve eaten: My mom’s Shepherd’s Pie. It’s so gross.

Plans after high school: I’m going to Louisburg, a little [junior] college in North Carolina to pursue baseball. Hopefully, I will transfer and we’ll see where it takes me. If baseball doesn’t work out, we have a family woodworking business and I will come back and work for that. I might major in business. With the family company, it might come in handy.

— Compiled by Walt Moody

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