A valuable asset to Tinley Park’s baseball team, third baseman and pitcher Tommy Loranger delivered a strong finish to his high school career. The senior was one of two players on his team to make the South Suburban All-Conference team.
“No one [in] the entire program has worked harder than him over the fall and winter,” head coach Brian Gibbons said. “Because of his hard work and dedication, he has made himself an integral part of the Tinley Park baseball team.”
Name: Tommy Loranger
Age/year in school: 17/Senior
Hometown: Oak Forest
Position: 3rd base, Pitcher
How long have you played baseball? This is my 13th year.
What do you love most about baseball?
I can’t pick one thing – I love everything about it.
What was your biggest challenge this season? How did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge was losing all of the leadership from last year’s seniors. I think this year’s seniors helped overcome this by becoming the new leaders.
What was your favorite moment of this season?
Just all of the time spent bonding with my teammates.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions when you play?
Never step on the foul line.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
My brother, Grant.
If you didn’t play baseball, what would you be doing?
I don’t know what I would do. I’d be bored without it in my life.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Paul Konerko [Chicago White Sox first baseman]. I’m a big Sox fan and he’s always been one of their best players.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside baseball?
I like to play and watch other sports, like football and basketball.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
“Play every game as if it is your last one.”
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