National Bank of Nicolet Seniors Spotlight: Theo Zeidler – Baseball Bay Port
By Murray Gleffe
Name: Theo Zeidler
The school: bay harbor
Parents: Ted and Susie Zeidler
Theo Zeidler is a senior pitcher for the Bay Port baseball team.
He helped lead the Pirates to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Division 1 State Championship game last July.
As a junior, Zeidler went 6-0 with a 1.08 ERA, while striking out 56 in 39 innings.
He was also an all-conference first-team pick as an infielder, where he batted over .400 and had 29 RBIs.
Talk about the difficulty of pitching.
“It’s difficult because it’s a mental struggle to keep your cool while having to adapt to the opponent.”
What’s the best world series you’ve seen?
“I’ve never been to a World Series in person, but the best I’ve seen on TV was the 2017 series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros won in seven games.
Describe the summer national tournaments in which you participate.
“Playing with and against the best talent in the country is exciting because it allows you to measure yourself against your counterparts. It can also be humbling at times.
How far can you throw?
“I threw 91 mph from the mound and 94 mph from the outfield. Haven’t been tested since last year.
What is the best advice someone has given you?
“Motivation must come from within to achieve goals.”
What is your favorite glove?
“The Wilson A2K is the best glove there is.”
If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?
“The Rock (Dwayne Johnson, former WWE professional wrestler).”
What’s your favorite phone app?
What two games stood out in your high school career?
“Our win over Eau Claire Memorial in the 2021 WIAA State Semifinals and my hit over Ashwaubenon.”
How do you keep your cool after giving up a shot?
“It’s difficult when the crowd goes crazy and the opposing bench starts heckling you. Breathing deeply and imagining my deer stand helps me relax. It is a calm and peaceful place. That’s why I think about it to calm myself down.
What is one thing that other teammates or coaches don’t know about you?
“I have 20/13 vision.”
What are your academic aspirations?
“Getting a degree in kinesiology, then getting a doctorate in physical therapy.”
Talk about being on the same page with your infielders and outfielders.
“There’s not much coming from me on the mound. I make sure everyone is in the right place before throwing. (Bay Port Assistant) Coach (Trent) Noe gives defensive plays to the receiver, who passes them on to the rest of the team.
What six words describe you?
“Driven, competitive, smart, humorous, loyal, athletic.”
What is your favorite musical genre?
How do you determine when to throw towards one of the bases to try to eliminate a runner?
“It depends on the situation. If I see a runner too far from base, then I’ll try.
Who is your favorite MLB player?
“Jacob deGrom, a New York Mets pitcher because he’s the best at what he does but he’s humble while doing it.”
How many different throws do you throw?
“Three. They can be flagged differently depending on where we want the pitch to be.
Professional team: Green Bay Packers
Matter: Human biology
TV show: good good golf