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Yorktown Ace Keeps his Cool in Big Moments

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Fairleigh Dickinson-bound senior Jim Sharkey is the ace of Yorktown’s pitching staff. Credits: File Photo
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Yorktown senior Jimmy Sharkey is a starting pitcher on the varsity baseball team.

How old were you when you first playing baseball and how did you get started?

I’ve been playing baseball since I was around five years old. I got into baseball because my dad and I always played together.

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What do you think are your strengths as a baseball player?

My strengths as a baseball player and mainly a pitcher is to be able to keep my composure during difficult situations. This has helped me stay calm and get out off stressful situations.

As a pitcher, you’ve battled arm injuries in the past but have come back to establish yourself as the ace of the Yorktown staff this year. What has that journey been like and what did you learn from the recovery process?

The road to recovery is very long and tedious. There are months of physical therapy and workouts that I still have to do every day in order to keep my arm in pitching shape. During this process I learned that if you are determined to get something and put all your effort into it you will succeed and that’s exactly what I did. All the time spent working out and strengthening my shoulder all paid off in the long run.

Yorktown baseball returns most of its starters this year and has gotten off to a hot start. What are your goals, both for the team and individually, this season?

My goals for the team are to keep up the intensity every inning of every game. When our whole team is into the game we all play so much better rather than being quiet on the bench. We just have to treat each game as important as the next. My goal for the season is to do the best that I personally can to try and help my team get as many wins as possible.

What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?

The night before a home game our whole team goes out to eat and hangout and talk about the next game. This is a great way to bond as a team and get ready to start focusing on the game the next day.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

I haven’t really had any role models. I’ve just been practicing over the years to be the best that I can possibly be.

Do you plan on continuing baseball in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you decide on that college?

Yes I do, I am playing Division 1 baseball at Fairleigh Dickinson University. I chose this college because it is close to home and I had a good feel about the campus and coaches.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I would like to study business in college because that is what my father does and it interests me.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

My favorite team is the Yankees and my favorite player is Derek Jeter. He was one player who would never give up until each play was definitely finished.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

I like listening to hip hop or rap before a start to get pumped up.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

It would be to be able to see into the future so I can know what will happen before it does.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I would love to visit Italy to experience a new culture and see a whole different part of the world.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

I like having a PB & J before a game.

Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?

I love eating at Yorktown Pizza and Pasta — it has great pizza and nice workers.

What advice would you give to a young baseball player growing up in Yorktown?

My advice would be to always make sure you are having fun while playing baseball and don’t let it stress you out. Have fun with it because it goes very fast, and in the end it’s only just a game. Also, if you are a pitcher make sure you are taking care of your arm. Don’t let coaches overuse your arm, always keep count of your pitches and make sure you’re never pitching with pain.

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