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Athlete of the Week

KCChronicle/Preps Athlete of the Week: Geneva baseball player Nick Derr

Nick Derr

Why he was selected: Derr belted three home runs in Saturday's come-from-behind victory against Conant, including a walk-off shot in the bottom of the seventh.

Geneva sophomore Nick Derr helped the Vikings remain undefeated Saturday, smacking three home runs in a 13-12 home victory against Conant. The final homer ended the game in the bottom of the seventh. Derr, the St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week, caught up with the Chronicle about his achievement. Here’s an edited transcript:

What got into you [Saturday]?

It was crazy. It was just crazy to win. It was very exciting to just win the game.

That was all I wanted to do, and of course the last one got us the win.

That’s what my main goal was, and I was just very happy to get that win.

What kind of reaction did you get from your teammates?

They were going crazy. They were very excited for me, as I would be for them. It was awesome. It was a great feeling. They were all supportive, they joked around with me a little. It was a great feeling with my team.

If you had to pick one teammate to help you with some tricky homework, who would it be and why?

I’d probably pick Jack McCloughan.

This weekend he went to the robotics thing in Chicago and he was building robots, and he always comes to games talking about science and all the different kinds of things he’s made at home, so I’d probably pick him.

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