Michigan City Wolves fans and DAC foes alike will remember Logan Kaletha paralyzing people on special teams as a returner, and terrorizing catchers on the basepaths and on the diamond. Next year he will be taking those talents to the Big 10 and beyond. We here at MichiganCityAthletics.com caught up with Kaletha and got his thoughts on his recent signing to start his junior year of college as a Indiana Hoosier baseball player, after spending his first two years of college as a John A Logan College Volunteer.
(MichiganCityAthletics.com or MCA)To start off, congratulations on the commitment to Indiana University to play baseball. Describe the path that took you from Michigan City High School to Logan and now to sign with IU.
— (Logan Kaletha or LK) Taking the Junior College route was possibly the best thing that could have happened to me. It helped me mature and realize things I did not fully grasp in high school. I made sure to live in the weight room every day and put school first to further my career goal. My first year of Juco I suffered a broken hand twice due to hit by pitch and was out the majority of Spring season which allowed me to Red-Shirt. Not being able to play lit a fire in me and the first day I was able to get in the weight room I made sure to get bigger and faster for the next season. After all of the hard work I had a great Fall and Spring season and was named GRAC Freshman Player of the Year and JUCO All-American.
(MCA) What made you decide to keep playing baseball despite not being offered a Division 1 scholarship right out of HS?
— (LK) For me it did not matter the division I was in. I truly love the game and am thankful that Coach Surprenant gave me the opportunity to chase my dream. Not being offered a Division 1 scholarship out of high school opened my eyes drastically. It made me work harder than I ever have before and I dedicated myself to the game. Three years later I finally get to say I’m going to play BIG TEN baseball and the state of Indiana.
(MCA) Has IU given you an idea of what you expect when you get there, such as what position will you be playing there, and do you have a shot at starting?
—(LK) I plan on continuing to work hard and step in and fill a starting role. Coach Lemonis and Coach Cheesebrough both recruited me to fill a spot in the outfield. I’m very excited to play under the lights at Bart Kaufman!
(MCA) What did playing for people like Coach Ortiz in baseball, and Coach Karpinski in Football do to prepare you for college sports?
— (LK) I just want to thank Coach Karpinski for all that he did while I played football for MCHS. I always envisioned myself playing football and the Division 1 level but Coach Ortiz helped my realize baseball was where I need to be. I look up to Coach Ortiz as basically a second dad. He is someone I can go to with anything and he will do it no matter what for me. Those kids that get to get coached by him in the future are lucky because he is a great coach/person. It was awesome being able to play for Coach Ortiz because we basically are the same person when it comes to competing. He wants to win just as bad as I do.
(MCA) How did the MCHS classroom prepare you for the college classroom?
— (LK) It helped me make sure to take classes serious because I needed to get over a 3.0 to help me get into a school and MCHS molded me to make sure I get it done in the classroom.
(MCA) Finally, is there anything you would like to say to the kids who are in a similar position to where you were coming out of HS, lacking a scholarship, but feeling like you can still succeed at the next level.
—(LK) Being overlooked is the best thing that has happened to me, it made me work harder than anyone else. It made me study more than I ever have before and it fueled my passion for the game. People that say I was not going to do it just gave me extra incentives to prove them wrong and it should for you to. My Mom and Dad were my biggest fans and still are today I’m thankful they have been by my side the whole way. Just remember being overlook is a blessing not a curse.