A Few Rainy Days Can't Slow Cloquet's Conklin

By KBJR News 1

July 9, 2014 Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 6:35 PM CDT

Cloquet, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- It wasn't an ideal night to be out on the baseball diamond.

"I mean we really couldn't because it was so damp," said Cloquet's Brandon Conklin.

That didn't stop Brandon Conklin and his Dad, Dennis, from hitting the batting cages though.

"You always need work," Conklin said. "Even when it's bad you need work."

For the second night in a row, Conklin's game was cancelled.That doesn't mean he wasn't prepped to crouch behind the plate as a catcher with his painted fingernails and all.

"If it gets dark, they can't see my fingertips or anything like that," Conklin said of the pitcher's ability to see what pitch he's chooses.

He can thank his Dad for getting him hooked to the sport at an early age.

"He followed his older brother around before he was old enough to play," said Dennis Conklin. "Practice with us, shag fly balls, and he was doing a lot of things at three and four–years–old that some kids at 10 and 11 can't do now."

That's why for his birthdays growing up, presents were different for Conklin.

"There were no Tonka trucks or G.I. Joes," said Dennis. "It was baseballs, and bats, and gloves."

It's no surprise then that Conklin's love for baseball may very well extend past his senior season at Cloquet.

"I've been recruited by a couple bigger schools from around the area and other states. Kind of giving me an opportunity to play throughout college too," Conklin said.

And with his Dad's coaching career finally coming to a close after this summer, he'll be hitting the road to watch his son play.

"That'll be our fun," Dennis said. "That'll be our vacations, is chasing him around once he hits college baseball."

Posted by Sarah Wheeler
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