Aaron Baker is a senior at Ringwood High School, where he plays baseball and basketball. At 6’5, Baker plays power forward and center for the Red Devils basketball team. Baker has played basketball all four years at Ringwood High, a sport he’s played since the third grade.
In the spring, Baker is a starting pitcher on the baseball team. He also plays shortstop and third base when he’s not pitching. However, the righty spends most of his time on the mound with five pitches and an 85-mph fastball at his disposal. Baker has played baseball since he was four years old. The work he’s put in hasn’t come without a cost, but reaching his goal of playing at the next level has been worth it.
Baker credits reaching his goals to hard work, giving his best effort with a positive attitude, and making goals while never settling because there’s always something better to achieve. He also credits his uncle, Marty McBride, as one of his biggest influences throughout Baker’s athletic career.
“Ever since I was four months old, I have been in the gym watching my uncle coach three of his daughters, who all went on to play college basketball,” Baker said. “I looked up to the way he coached and always looked up to and admired the way my cousins loved and played the game of basketball. They have always pushed me to become better anytime they’ve seen me play.”
Baker would also like to thank his math teacher, Ladena Shaffer, for pushing him in the classroom while at Ringwood. “She has always pushed us to be the better person and always wanted us to succeed the most,” Baker said. “She does not want anyone to give excuses and always give everything with your best effort.”
Outside of athletics, Baker is a part of the National Honor Society, BETA Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Upon graduation, Baker has signed at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas, to further his athletic career as a member of the Tiger baseball team. While attending Cowley County, he plans to major in business.