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Q&A WITH JOSH COHRS: Pain part of job description

Kaneland senior catcher Josh Cohrs has been one of the Knights’ most consistent bats in the season’s early going. The Elburn resident spoke with Shaw Media sports editor Jay Schwab and discussed the team’s spring break trip to southern Illinois, the after-effects of the Knights’ 2011 state title and some of the big-league players he looked up to as a boy. The following is an edited transcript:

Who’s the toughest pitcher on staff to handle?

I guess it would kind of depend on the day. I would probably say maybe Curt Thorson. He’s more of a finesse guy so he throws a little bit more off-speed stuff and it’s a little bit more unpredictable, so that makes it a little bit of a challenge. And, obviously, anybody who maybe is having a little bit of an off day can be a little bit tougher than normal.

Do you like it when pitchers throw over to first a lot or would you rather just keep the game moving?

It depends on the situation. I think most of the time I’d rather keep the game moving just so I can kind of get in a rhythm behind the plate.

What’s the most pain you’ve ever been in behind the plate?

I took a foul ball off a collarbone once; that was pretty bad. Any time some kid comes in spikes-high, if it gets you up on the arm, that would hurt pretty bad. But probably the collarbone was most painful.

What was the most fun part of the spring break trip?

We went laser-tagging, and we watched the March Madness tournament. That was pretty fun, and then as far as game-wise goes, we took O’Fallon into extra innings. … They’re a really good team from down south, and that was only our fourth day outside, so that was a pretty fun game.

That state championship a couple years ago, is that memory starting to fade a little within the program or is it still on the front-burner in terms of motivation for you guys?

… You’re not really thinking about trying to repeat. I think that every season you go in and reset a goal to win a regional and our coach is always saying, ‘Let’s win conference, let’s win a regional,’ and we’ll take it one game at a time after that because setting a goal of getting to a state championship at the beginning of the season, that’s a long time down the road. 

Did you have a pro player you looked up to in particular growing up?

I spend a lot of time watching the White Sox with my dad, so I was always a big fan of Paul Konerko, and I was always a big Joe Mauer fan. [Aside from him being a lefty], he’s a big catcher behind the plate and I’m a pretty tall kid, so when I was growing up, a lot of people would say tall catchers have a tough time behind the plate. … But he’s 6-6 back there, so that’s always fun to watch.

Do you have a favorite pregame meal or snack on game days?

Normally I drink a couple bottles of water, but I always have to chew gum during games. I don’t eat seeds on the bench or anything. I’ve got to chew gum.

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