Baseball has always been a part of Loper catcher Chandler Klute’s life, and Klute has baseball dreams of his own. He is living them out as a part of the UNK baseball team. Klute and his teammates have posted an 18-12 record this season and hope to take that record into the RMAC championships.
Take some time to meet the man behind the mask, who wants to help take his team there.
What has been your biggest career highlight while at UNK?
My biggest career highlight so far while at UNK would have to be playing in the Metro Dome in Minneapolis. It was such a thrill to play a game on a Major League field that many baseball stars have played on.
How did you get started with baseball, how long have you played?
My dad was the one who got me started with baseball around the age of four. Growing up in Colorado, my dad and I would be outside whenever possible playing catch, teaching me how to hit. I’ve been playing on teams, whether it has been little league, competitive or legion, since I was old enough to play organized baseball.
What was the transition like from high school athlete to college athlete?
The biggest transition that I encountered would have to be the level of competition. Practices are harder, and the overall intensity of the games has increased.
Was there a big transition from the two levels (high school and college)?
The transition between the two levels wasn’t too difficult. I’m learning new things every day. I just have to keep my focus at all times and play to my fullest potential.
What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?
I love any kind of outdoor activity, especially hunting and fishing.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
If I could trade places with any person for a day it would be Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. I’ve always been a Rockies fan, and it’s every baseball player’s dream to play pro ball. And playing at Coors would be amazing.
If you were written about in the newspaper, on the front page, what would the headline say?
“Klute helps the Lopers win the RMAC Championship” because that is one of our team goals, and I will do anything to contribute to that.
What is your greatest strength/weakness that you provide your team?
My greatest strength would have to be my dedication and hard work that I put forward to every game. If I were to choose a weakness it would have to be my lack of experience. Even though I’m only a freshman I will always give it my best and help contribute to my team in any way possible.