After putting in a strong campaign for the Colby Community College Trojans this year, Matt Coutney is doing everything he can to keep the Edmonton Prospects in the playoff hunt in 2018.
The Wetaskiwin-born infielder, who played for Canada’s Junior National Team last year, played 52 games for the Trojans, recording 12 home runs, 54 RBI, 60 runs and a .431 batting average in his freshman season. He also won a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Gold Glove for his excellent defensive play and the third baseman was named Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) Freshman of the Year.
Since returning to his home province, the former Parkland Twins midget AAA talent has appeared in 19 games for the Prospects, hitting .274, scoring 10 runs and driving home 11 teammates.
The 6-foot-1, left-handed hitter was kind enough to answer some questions for us. Here’s what he had to say for our ongoing “1 Thru 9” series:
1. What is your walk-up/warm-up song?
My walk-up song is “Thief” by Ookay.
2. What is the best pre-game meal?
My typical pre-game snack is a PB & J sandwich.
3. Your family sends you a care package. What’s in it?
Probably some clothes and some food.
4. What is your favourite stadium to watch or play baseball in?
RE/MAX Field is my favourite place to play because of the great atmosphere.
5. Who has had the biggest influence on you as a baseball player and why?
My family has the biggest influence on me. They always support me and my decisions.
6. Who was the best teammate you’ve ever had and why?
All of my college teammates from my freshman year were my best teammates. They were all great people and loved being at the field.
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7. What is the best thing about playing baseball in the WMBL?
Being able to play every day in a unique atmosphere that is much different than college.
8. What is your favourite baseball memory?
Winning our first round of playoffs to book a spot in regionals last year in college.
9. What is the best piece of baseball advice you’ve ever received?
Be consistent with your routine and prepare for every game like it is your last.