Student-Athlete Spotlight: Tanner Reklaitis
Tanner Reklaitis ’17 has been a pivotal piece for the Trolls baseball team since he arrived on campus in 2013. A native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Tanner’s career has been defined by one word: growth. He has shown a lot of development not only in his performance on the mound, but also in his passion for the game of baseball as a whole.
Tanner started his career at Trinity as a first baseman and pitched on occasion. By his sophomore year he was exclusively on the pitching staff and posted a 6-6 record with a 4.87 earned run average (ERA) during that 2015 season. It was also in that season that he found new motivation to help reach his goal of being a professional baseball player.
In the spring of 2015, Tanner started training with Driveline Baseball, a specialized baseball training group from Kent, Washington, that has helped train hundreds of baseball players, including Trevor Bauer of the American League Champion Cleveland Indians. With their training regimen and a renewed mindset, Tanner has made great strides since 2015.
“I have gotten a lot stronger, have added mass, and went from throwing 79-81 mph to now sitting at 89-92 mph and up to 95 at a pro workout,” comments Tanner.
The hard work Tanner put in paid off in his junior season. He recorded a 10-2 record including three shutouts. He lowered his ERA to 2.15, which ranked him 24th nationally in the NAIA statistics. He set single season school records in strikeouts with 92, in wins, and in ERA.
The hard work and effort by Tanner has earned him some recognition. Last season he was named CCAC All-Conference. He also earned NCCAA North Central All-Region honors for the second year in a row and went on to get NCCAA All-American Second Team honors. Combining his talent and academic success, Tanner was named 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team and a NAIA, NCCAA, and CCAC scholar-athlete.
Tanner looks to close out his career with the Trolls this season, but has not become complacent in his training. “Early on in this journey, I read that we should try to get 1% better every day,” said Tanner. “I've tried to stay with that approach and it's allowed me to be focused on continually improving instead of getting caught up in comparison or worry. When it comes to my future, I'm excited to continually work towards my best self in whatever I end up doing. As long as I'm living, I hope to be improving.”
As the Trolls baseball season continues to pick up steam, Tanner and the rest of the Trolls look to finish the season with their fifth straight post-season appearance and a conference championship.
Get to know Tanner better:
What is your major and minor? - business communication major and theology minor
Where is your hometown? - Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Why did you choose Trinity? - Originally for the degree program that I am no longer in. I was intrigued by the Christian college aspect to education after I had always gone to public school.
What is your favorite part about Trinity? - All of my friends that I have made over the last four years.
What is your favorite athletics memory as a Troll? - Sweeping Judson at their place in 2016 to advance to the NCCAA World Series
What do you plan on doing after graduation? - Pursue a professional baseball career
Is there a song you listen to before each game you pitch? - Twilight of the Thunder God by Amon Amarth
Who was your childhood sports hero? - The only player I can remember adoring from my childhood was Mark McGwire