St. Charles North product Carl Formento earned Midwest Conference Pitcher of the Week and Midwest Conference Performer of the Week honors during his decorated, freshman season at Division-III Carroll University (Wis.). The right-hander’s strong season was highlighted by a complete-game win in March in a game played at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Formento, who has pitched legion ball part-time this summer for St. Charles Post 342 when he hasn’t been teaching his 12-year-old brother, Nathan, tricks of the trade, spoke with Kane County Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab for this week’s Weekend Chit-chat, touching base on pitching in a dome, his summer regimen and a favorite family getaway. The following is an edited transcript:
How involved have you been with the legion team?
I’ve been trying to make as many games as I can. Since my birthday is past the deadline for the [district] games I’ve only been able to really make nonconference, weekend tournaments, so I’ve been trying to make as many of those as I can. I haven’t really started a lot, pitching. They’ve been giving some of the younger guys who are actually on the full-time roster a chance to start but I’ve been getting innings in relief and this last weekend I made a start, so that was some good experience.
What other kind of summer training do you have going?
Other than the legion, I’ve been just trying to focus on lifting and doing some cardio, staying in shape, keeping may arm in shape. I’m going to be starting up my college program my coach just sent out for strength and conditioning, plus core workouts and long-toss programs to stay in shape and be ready come fall when next semester starts since we start right away with baseball. … If you take a while off from throwing, you’re rusty.
What was it like pitching in the Metrodome?
That was a lot of fun. Obviously, that was the first indoor baseball facility I’ve ever played a game in. It was a unique atmosphere and a good experience there. The team we played there was Concordia-Moorhead, I think they’re from right around the area there. They were a good team. I started the second game of the first weekend we played there. … The lighting was kind of weird for popups and stuff. You just have to get used to that quick but other than that, it was a good experience.
What kind of impact did [veteran St. Charles North pitching coach Terry Ayers] have on you?
Coach Ayers, with me being a pitcher, it was definitely a lot of good advice, tips and strategies for not only on the field but off the field and the mental side of it as well. I’ve been pretty close to coach Ayers ever since I attended offense and defense camps when I was a middle schooler getting ready to transition into high school and high school baseball. Me and coach Ayers have always had a good connection.
Are you thinking college is going to be the end for baseball or do you have any aspirations of trying to keep going beyond?
As of now, I’m just kind of going with the college, just trying to do the best I can in college, and who knows how it will end up after that that but as of now I’m just kind of focusing on school and being grateful I’m able to keep playing and keep on going with baseball because there’s going to be one day I’m not able to play again, and I’ll have to hang up the glove.
What are your favorite summer pastimes aside from baseball, when you’re not playing?
Yeah, that’s the key, when I’m not playing, which is most of the time. Ever since I was little, we have a little lake house on Whitewater Lake, so we like to go there as much as we can on the weekend when I’m not playing baseball. My little brother is in travel baseball now so he’s probably been more involved with baseball than I have [this summer], plus I have a younger sister, who is 8, in soccer and softball. … My family really likes to go up to lake house for boating and swimming and what-not but we kind of find time [late in the summer] when all the summer sports come to an end.