Keeping opposing team’s batters off balance comes naturally to Bellevue Bulldogs sophomore pitcher Kash Koltermann.
Koltermann, who has put together an overall record of 7-0 including a 2.64 ERA this season thus far, has struck out 53 hitters during the 2017 season. The Bonney Lake High School alumnus said his change-up is undoubtedly his best pitch.
“I have been living and dying on my change-up this year. My change-up has been dialed in and is helping me get guys out,” Koltermann said.
Koltermann believes being a left-handed pitcher gives him a distinct advantage against batters.
“A lot of hitters are used to seeing that ball come in from the right side. With me being a lefty [left-handed pitcher] the ball will have some natural tail away from a right-handed hitter. When I face a lefty [left-handed hitter] it is unique because they are used to having the ball go the opposite way on them,” Koltermann said.
Koltermann is thrilled to be a part of the Bellevue College baseball program.
“The atmosphere that coach [Mark] Yoshino has created is incredible. He has a great reputation in the baseball world. It doesn’t matter what level, the coaches out their respect him,” Koltermann said of Yoshino. “He really cares about his players.”
Koltermann thinks having a coach with the work ethic of Yoshino pushes the Bulldogs to give it absolutely everything they have on the diamond.
“My goal overall is to just help this team win. If you pitch to help your team win and keep in the right position, the rest will take care of itself. We will really want to bring back another [Northwest Athletic Conference] championship for our coach. He works his butt off day in and day out and he even stays the night in his office. We just want to help bring a title to him,” Koltermann said.
Recently the Bellevue Reporter had an opportunity to ask Koltermann a few questions about his life away from the baseball diamond.
Bellevue Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Kash Koltermann: “Step Brothers.” When I’m watching movies it is hard to make me laugh. That movie is able to make me laugh out-loud.
BR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?
KK: I would probably have to say Cliff Lee [former Major League baseball pitcher with Philadelphia Phillies and Seattle Mariners]. I really enjoy his style of pitching, mechanics and his demeanor out there.
BR: What is your favorite television show?
KK: Family Guy.
BR: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?
KK: I was a four-year letterman in golf in high school. My brother actually plays on the golf team at Bellevue College as well.
BR: What kind of music are you listening to the most right now in your iPod?
KK: I’m definitely listening to alternative rock and hip hop.
BR: What is the last movie you saw in the theater?
KK: I saw Beauty and the Beast with my girlfriend. They did a great job. I wasn’t expecting as much of a musical as it was but I still enjoyed it.
BR: Who was your favorite sports team growing up?
KK: The Arizona State University baseball team. I just love the way they compete and they have a winning tradition. They refer to themselves as MLB U [Major League Baseball] because they have the most professional baseball players in the MLB.