Kodiak’s senior outfielder shares the same name as Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer.
“Every game somebody will say it — they will go, ‘are you related to (Joe Mauer)?’ Or something like that,” Mauer said.
Kodiak’s Mauer doesn’t mind being asked, especially since his favorite professional player is … wait for it … Joe Mauer.
“He is a good player. He has done well in his career. I really like him,” Mauer said.
The Twins’ Joe Mauer has hit 107 home runs in his 11-year career. Kodiak’s Joey Mauer got to jog the bases like his professional hero for the first time in his career last Friday.
Mauer deposited a 1-2 offering from Wasilla’s Hank Boyer over the left-field fence for a solo home run in the seventh inning — the first long ball of his career at any level.
“It felt pretty great,” Mauer said.
This is Mauer’s first full-time varsity season and he is certainly making up for lost time, hitting .416 (10 for 24) with four runs driven in.
He also picked up his first high school win, pitching two innings in a 10-5 win over Wasilla. He has pitched seven innings this season and has a 2.00 earned run average.
“It’s been good getting playing time,” Mauer said. “Last year was a good year. I got to put in a lot of practice and this year I have just come out and tried to perform.”
Second-year coach James Arnold has noticed the work that Mauer has put in to make himself better.
“He is always a team player and is a very coachable player,” Arnold said. “It is fun to see those kind of rewards for him. He has earned it.”
After only getting three varsity at-bats his junior year, Arnold moved Mauer from second base to right field for this season.
“You got to find a spot for him,” he said. “He has been hitting for average and is just doing a really good job.”
Mauer’s been playing baseball since the first grade and would like to continue his career as a coach after this season ends.
“I like the mental challenge of it — the strategy to it. That is my favorite part,” Mauer said.
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