Odegard enjoys running the show on the diamond

Issaquah senior leads his team from behind the plate.

Issaquah Eagles senior catcher/pitcher Tyler Odegard never has been the kind of person afraid to speak his mind.

Odegard, who will play baseball at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake next season, enjoys directing traffic from behind the plate for the Eagles.

“You get to call the game, so that is always special. You get to be the captain of infield and tell everyone where to go. I’m a pretty vocal guy, so that works for me,” Odegard said.

Odegard was a force to be reckoned with on the football field in the fall of 2018. Odegard, who played defensive end, registered a team-high 10 sacks. He said playing multiple sports is encouraged at Issaquah High School.

“Athletics are pretty pristine here. There is a lot of guys who play multiple sports. There is a lot of competition for spots,” Odegard said.

Odegard believes the Eagles’ experience will bode well for them on the diamond this spring. The Eagles advanced to the Class 4A state tournament during the 2018 season.

“Last year’s team had a lot of success and we’re bringing back nine players from last year’s roster,” he said.

Recently the Issaquah Reporter had an opportunity to ask Odegard some questions about his life away from the baseball field.

Issaquah Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?

Tyler Odegard: It is probably “Bull Durham.” It is a funny and it’s a good movie. Kevin Costner (actor) is good in it.

IR: How many text messages do you send per day?

TO: I send maybe around 100.

IR: What is your dream vacation spot?

TO: It is probably eastern Washington. It is dry and has a nice environment.

IR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?

TO: It would probably be coach (Rob) Reese. He is a good guy and is a fun guy to be around.

IR: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?

TO: I was voted the most likely to get stuck in McDonalds play-place when I was in the eighth grade for the yearbook.

IR: What is your favorite hobby away from sports in general?

TO: I work at Zeeks Pizza.