Where Are They Now: Blake Clanton

Blake Clanton is a 6’1 205 lbs outfielder for the Washington State Cougars. This season Clanton has put together a .337 batting average, with 8 doubles, and has connected for 3 home runs for the Cougars. Clanton just recently went 4-5 with 4 RBI’s, 3 runs scored and finished with a Washington State record 4 doubles and also tied the Pac 12 record for doubles in one game. Last season Clanton also played with Washington State, as he would hit .248, tally 9 doubles, with 3 hrs.

Before coming to play at Washington State, Clanton started his college career at Western which is a Junior college in Altus, Oklahoma. Clanton played at Western during the 2015 and 2016 season. In the 2015 season Clanton would hit .344 with 13 home runs and finish with 52 RBI’s. In 2016 Clanton hitting was exceptional, finishing with a .373 batting average, with 19 long balls, and would finish with 19 doubles to lead his team.

Clanton grew up and attend high school in Clinton, Oklahoma. During his senior year, he would hit .496 with 17 doubles and 9 homeruns. Clanton was also named to the Allstate team that season. Clanton play summer baseball for the SW Shockers during the 2014 and 2015 season. He played on the same team with Minor League pitcher, Holden Capps, who is currently in the Kansas City Royals organization. In 2014 and 2015 Clanton was apart of the SW Shockers back to back State Champion American Legion teams. In 2015 the Shockers were also the runner up in the super regionals.

Baseball wasn’t the only sport Clanton was sucessful in. During his Sophomore year he was the 4A runner-up in the state golf tournament. As a Junior Clanton also was able to capture a high school football state title.

Interview:

Q: Explain the transformation from high school to college baseball

A: “The transformation from high school to college was a huge jump. It goes from seeing like low 80’s rarely in high school to seeing guys who throw from different angles in the 90’s. I think just the mind set in college is different too. You have to out work and believe in yourself to be successful. Because everyone is talented at this level.”

Q: Explain your journey to Washington State

A: “My journey to Washington state was pretty interesting. In high school I tore my acl, mcl, and meniscus my junior year. Which knocked me out of baseball all the way up to regionals. As I went into my senior year, I committed to a junior college called western Oklahoma state college coming out of high school. There is where my body really developed with that awesome program and the coaches there. They pushed me to be great and got me this opportunity to play at a high level.”

Q: What was your favorite moment, while being apart of the Shockers

A: “My favorite part about being a shocker was in 2015 when we had an awesome team that everyone was gelled perfectly. We won the American state championship and runner up in the super regional. I’ll also always remember the awesome times we had going to Omaha to watch the college World Series.”

Q: What would you say to other kids wanting to play college baseball

A: “To the kids wanting to play college baseball, I would say don’t ever give up on that dream. Even if it isn’t the biggest greatest program out there, give yourself that opportunity and don’t settle for less. Hard times are just part of sports but those who want to be great push themselves to the limits!”

Q: Explain what’s it’s like playing at Washington State

A: “As for playing at Washington state, it’s been an absolute dream come true! I would’ve never guessed I would be playing here but I have been blessed beyond imagine by God. I get to play big time programs all throughout the pac 12 and get to travel to so many awesome places playing the game I love. Its been a dream come true! But I also know that you reap what you sow as Perry says and the hard work has paid off. I’ve made some of my best friends here while competing at a high level.”

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