Youngstown, OH (WYTV) – Ursuline’s Joel Hake has been playing baseball since he was 3 years old, and is now a 4 year starter for the Irish…helping lead them to 3 straight District Titles, and going for a 4th this spring. He also carries a 4.2 GPA in the classroom, making him a perfect fit for our Student Athlete of the Week.
“I’m not the most outspoken person…I try to lead by example as much as I can,” said Hake. “I can get fired up, but it’s very rare, people are surprised when I do.”
Joel is a quiet, but confident leader for Ursuline. He’s been to the Regional Tournament all three years, and was a Preseason All State selection this season…serving as shortstop and pitcher.
“My favorite part about it is striking someone on out off the mound,” he said. “There’s nothing like striking someone out, sending them back to the dugout after three strikes. I mean, there’s nothing better than that in my opinion.”
And Joel has experienced that feeling a lot lately. Through 20 innings this season, he’s recorded 29 strikeouts, with a .70 ERA. But he takes his work in the classroom just as seriously.
“I would think the most important thing about my grades is doing my homework,” said Hake. “You get a lot of points for doing your homework and if you do your homework, you understand what you learn.”
Joel ranks in the top 5 of his class with his 4.2 GPA, and is a member of the National Honor’s Society during his time at Ursuline.
“This is supposed to be the best time of your life, so there are parts of it that I’ll miss, but mostly I’m excited to move on.”
Joel plans to be a Nurse Anesthecist, and hopefully play baseball at the next level. But for now, he was one more goal at Ursuline.
“We’re not trying to be the best team April 1st, we’re trying to be the best team May 1st,” he said. “To win state, I mean it would be unbelievable…that’s my top goal. I want a ring and I want a championship for my school.”