Friday, November 24, 2017
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Q&A with East Lake shortstop Keegan Maronpot

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East Lake shortstop Keegan Maronpot has been a fixture on the East Lake baseball team for four years. He recently ended his high school career at the Class 7A state tournament, where the Eagles (22-10) advanced to the championship before losing 5-2 to Hialeah American on Saturday night. Maronpot, who is committed to Wake Forest, hit .430 with nine doubles to lead the Eagles and played in all 32 games this season. We talked with Maronpot before and after the state tournament.

You guys were struggling at points during this season. How did you pull it together during the postseason?

"Playoffs is all that matters. It's really about getting hot at the right time. With our pitching staff, we would be fine. And our bats had to come alive eventually. I think we all felt that we were in a good spot."

The biggest win during this run was at state-ranked Sarasota (a 2-1, 10-inning win). What was the attitude going into that game?

"We had a lot of people who thought they were just going to run all over us. Writers like you. Nobody thought we were supposed to be there in the first place. We used that as motivation."

I know it's tough right after a loss, but can you reflect on your four years at East Lake?

"Obviously, I can't say it's been awesome right after we lost, but it's been a good year. ... I wouldn't want to spend it with anyone else. These guys are my brothers. It's just tough right now."

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

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