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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: 03.04.21

Sarasota Athlete of the Week: 03.04.21

Karson Ligon.
Karson Ligon.
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Karson Ligon is a senior pitcher on the Riverview High baseball team. Ligon threw a complete game shutout March 2 in the Rams' 2-0 win at home against Venice High. Rams Coach Jeremy Schmidt said Ligon threw 71 of his 103 pitches for strikes. Ligon signed with the University of Miami in November. 

When did you start playing baseball?

I started playing at 6 years old. I was playing football, and my dad (Jeff Ligon) thought I had a strong arm. He thought I should try baseball, so I did. 

What is the appeal to you?

I think baseball is the hardest game in the world, other than golf maybe. Going out and mastering the craft, especially pitching, is tough to do. Battling against good hitters is probably the most fun thing in the world. 

What is your best pitch?

My change-up. I have the same arm speed with it as I do my fastball and it's about 10 miles per hour slower. It cuts about three times as much, too. It helps disguise my fastball. 

What is your favorite memory?

I was 12 and playing for a [Sarasota] All-Stars team. I came into the game in the second inning. We were down a lot. I ended up shutting the other team down the rest of the game and we won 6-5 in extra innings. 

What are your goals for the season?

I want to get my velocity up a little more and I want to hone in my curveball. That's my only struggle now. 

What is your favorite food?

Probably cheeseburgers. 

What is your favorite TV show?

I love 'The Office.'

Which superpower would you pick?

Flying I guess, I don't know. I could use it to get around easily. No more cars. 

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Stay within yourself. Don't try to do too much. 

Finish this sentence: "Karson Ligon is …"

… Humble. 




Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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