D9Sports.com/EYT Media is doing a series of player profiles on returning high-school athletes this summer. The year in school listed by the athlete is the year the athlete is entering this fall.
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REICE SAYLOR – SENIOR – UNION
Son of: Brent and Betsy Saylor
Sports Played: He played basketball and baseball last year. He is going to play baseball and is thinking about running track this year.
Family Members Playing/Played Sports: His dad was a multi-sport athlete in high school and one of his younger brothers is currently playing junior high sports.
2017-18 Highlights: In baseball he hit .257 with six RBIs and tied for the team lead with 12 runs scored. He also stole six bases. On the mound, he was 3-4 with a 4.88 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 33 innings.
Post-High School Plans: He plans on becoming a certified personal trainer and going to college to major in Exercise Science. After that, he wants to become a doctor of physical therapy. If he gets the opportunity to play baseball in college, he definitely would but that would be the only sport he would play in college.
Q&A With Reice Saylor
D9Sports: What is your favorite sport to participate in and why?
RS: Baseball without a doubt. I’ve been playing baseball since I was young and it’s just been a major part of my life since. I’ve played other sports before and it just seems like the bonds you make with your teammates is stronger than other sports.
D9Sports: What is your favorite memory, moment, game from playing high school sports?
RS: It’s kind of broad, but the whole 2018 varsity baseball season. This was definitely the most fun of a team I’ve ever played on even though our record wasn’t that great.
D9Sports: Why do you play high school sports?
RS: I play high school sports because I love to compete.
D9Sports: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career and why?
RS: Probably my family because they push me to do the best I can, but they don’t force me to play anything.
D9Sports: Do you remember the first sport you played and did you like it right away or did it grow on you?
RS: The first sport I played was baseball and I’ve loved the game ever since I started.
D9Sports: Do you have a favorite number for a uniform? If so, what is the story behind that number?
RS: My favorite uniform number would have to be 2. Through Minor League, I was always number 12 because of my favorite player at the time (Freddy Sanchez), but when I got to Little League the number 12 jersey was to big for me. I switched to number 2 and it’s kind of just stuck with me since.
D9Sports: What would someone who doesn’t know you be surprised to find out about you?
RS: I’m not really that talkative of a person, I’m more reserved.
D9Sports: If you could eat dinner with anyone famous (living or dead) who would it be and why?
RS: Joe Paterno because I love Penn State football and he was an inspirational man.
D9Sports: Iphone or Android or Neither and why?
RS: I have an Android, but it doesn’t really matter to me. A phone’s a phone.
D9Sports: What is your go-to Social Media and why?
RS: Probably Instagram because I use it to keep up with college and professional sports.
D9Sports: What do you like most about high school and why?
RS: The thing I like most about high school is probably just learning new things every day.
D9Sports: What do you like least about high school and why?
RS: Drama. I don’t like hearing people spread rumors and listening to all of the stuff people say.
D9Sports: What question do you wish I would have asked you? And what is the answer to it?
RS: Q: If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go? A: Africa to go hunting