Northern Star: Duluth Marshall Baseball Pitcher Ben Pederson
The force of nature junior dominate on the mound, at the plate, and in the dugout.
DULUTH, Minn.- Ben Pedersen is a junior pitcher for Duluth Marshall baseball.
Standing at 6 foot 5 and weighing in at 235, there’s no question that this guy is a force to be reckoned with in every aspect of the game.
“Ben is probably the most important player in our program in terms of his athletic ability on the mound and what he does at the plate. And I think sometimes what gets lost is he’s also one of the best leaders we have. He’s an overall great student, great teammate, great person, and then the player stuff even comes fourth but that’s probably what he’s most well known for” said head coach Joe Wicklund.
Striking out batters left and right is what he’s most known for, all while keeping his composure.
“I generally sort of stay pretty level on the mound I guess I’d say. And pretty much just attack the batter as much as I can” said Pedersen.
But a major part of Pedersen’s success on the mound is due to the guys behind him.
“I’m going to try to get up on every batter basically. And I feel like we’ve got one of the best defenses in the state for sure. Especially in our infield. And really just any ball that gets hit I trust in my teammates to catch it every single time.”
Over the years, trusting his teammates has been easy for Ben.
“We’ve had a large group of us pretty much grow up together and play for a lot of the same coaches actually and that’s been fantastic to grow up through the years with them.”
Although he is not the loudest member of the team, Ben makes his impact on the group through his actions.
“Ben is kind of a force of nature. He’s not a loud leader and he’s not a grab a teammate and go type guy. He kind of hits you like a hurricane when he comes in. More than a lead by example but he definitely sets the tone without having to yell or say anything. And as he goes we definitely go as well” said Wicklund.
Being the force of nature that he is, it comes as no surprise that this junior has committed to play division one ball at the University of Missouri come the fall of 2019.
“It feels pretty great. I was fortunate enough to get the chance to do that and I’m just really happy with the opportunity.”
“The more and more Ben talked about Missouri and went through this process I knew both he would make the right decision because he would find a coach that fit him and a program that fit him for what he wanted to accomplish as an athlete and as a student and I think Missouri is a perfect fit for him” said Wicklund.
Pedersen still has one more year left with the Hilltoppers. So he plans to really take in every moment. And after that…
“I just certainly want to play baseball and move forward with my academic career and just see what happens.”