Brody Kean, Northeast, baseball

Q&A --

May 16, 2007|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,Sun Reporter

Brody Kean is one of a host of outstanding juniors on the Eagles baseball team, which came out of nowhere to finish as the county runner-up to Arundel. A pitcher-outfielder, Kean is 4-2 with a 1.60 ERA, hitting .316 and playing good defense in left field. His father, Billy Kean, was an All-County infielder at Andover in the 1970s and went on to play at Anne Arundel Community College and Eastern Oregon State University. Brody's great-great-uncle on his father's side was Hall of Famer Robert Moses "Lefty" Grove of Lonaconing, who was 300-141 in 17 big league seasons. Kean has played two years each of varsity baseball and soccer.

Your team started 1-4 and then roared to 11-6 going into the county final. How did that happen?

We have a young team with only six seniors, three who start. It's mostly juniors, and we developed team chemistry. We go out to eat together once a week and have grown together this season. We work as hard in practice as anybody in the county.

What was it like hitting the game-winning homer in a 7-6 win over Old Mill during your run to the county final?

It was a great feeling, definitely a highlight of my career so far. I hit a hanging curveball and knew it was gone as soon as I hit it. I pitched that game, too, which made it even more of a special feeling.

How disappointing was it to lose the county final to No. 2 Arundel by 3-1?

It was very disappointing because we had the pitching with John Hodges and didn't have the hitting. We knew we could have won it if we had hit the ball.

When did you start playing baseball?

At age 6, and by 9 I was playing on a travel team. My dad taught me a lot and he helped me more than I can ask. My dad built a pitching mound in our backyard and I throw to him. He points out things and what I'm doing wrong to help me become a better player mechanically and physically.

What do you like to do when you are not playing sports?

I'm constantly playing something. It's what I love to do: play sports. Once in a while, I hang out with the team.

What are your goals?

I want to play college baseball and study engineering. And I want to be able to hold my own for my family.

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