CLAM, COOL, COL­LECTED

Edmonton Sun - - SPORTS -

St. LOUIS — Mike Soroka’s team­mates like to joke about his calm­ness un­der pres­sure, a trait the cal­gary-born start­ing pitcher taps into his cana­dian roots to ex­plain.

First, there is his fa­ther Gary, a for­mer uni­ver­sity hockey player. and se­condly his high-stakes ex­pe­ri­ence with base­ball canada helped pre­pare

him for mo­ments such as his first taste of post-sea­son ball Sun­day at busch Sta­dium.

“I do think a lot of it comes from my dad’s calm­ness around sports in gen­eral,” Soroka said. “We never have been the type to get too high or too low.

“It’s maybe one of those things you

learn hav­ing thrown high-lever­age games for base­ball canada when you’re 16, 17 and you’re over­matched to know that you can do it.”

In other words, Soroka’s ex­po­sure to pitch­ing against older, pro­fes­sional play­ers when he was a ju­nior helped him pre­pare for mo­ments like Sun­day.

“It’s one of those things where I know if I’m not calm I won’t ex­e­cute,” Soroka said. “these guys are the best of the best. If you un­der­stand and you know that if you don’t calm down, it’s not go­ing to go well.

“So to me I just don’t re­ally have a choice but to be calm.”

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