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Under The Gun: Tripp Shelton and Travis Holden
Written by Trey Daly

Impact Baseball traveled out to Clemmons, North Carolina this Monday morning to kick off another week of interviews. Clemmons is the home of the 4A West Forsyth Titans. We sat down with the juniors Travis Holden and Tripp Shelton to get their perspective of the 2013 Titans.

(Pictured Left to Right, Travis Holden, Tripp Shelton)

Name: Tripp Shelton
High School: West Forsyth
Position: MIF
Graduation: 2014
College Commitment: Undecided

Name: Travis Holden
High School: West Forsyth
Position: RHP
Graduation: 2014
College Commitment: Undecided

What are your expectations for West Forsyth this spring? 

Tripp: My expectations are for us to compete for a conference championship and to make a deep run in the state playoffs.

Travis: I expect to win the conference title and go deep into the playoffs.  Our conference is very good all-around but I believe our team can out pitch and out work our opponents.

What have you been doing this offseason to get ready for the spring? 

Tripp: I have spent lots of time in the gym trying to add muscle. Everyone has been telling me I need to get bigger and stronger, that’s what I been trying to do this off-season.

Travis: In the offseason, I have been spending a lot of time in the weight room and working every week with Coach Falcon to sharpen my pitching mechanics. I have also been long tossing and doing what I can to get bigger, stronger, and faster.

Who's West Forsyth biggest rival in baseball? 

Tripp: Davie County High School

Travis: I think our biggest rival is Davie High. Since I went to Davie County in elementary and middle school, I know a lot of the guys on the Davie team. It will be a good game and I am counting down the days until we face each other.

What should the fans expect when coming to watch a game this year?  

Tripp: Fans should expect a very deep pitching staff, good defense and fundamental baseball. 

Travis: It is definitely going to be exciting every single game we play at home this year. We have the talent to out hit and out pitch any team out there and the fans should expect to see some good baseball.

What's a typical day like for both of you guys?

Tripp: I get up around 6:15 go work with my trainer at the gym after working out, I come home get ready for school. After school I either go hit and throw or go back to the gym for some type of cardio workout.

Travis: I go to school then I head to the weight room to lift weights and/or hit and throw. Once I get home I knock out the homework then head to sleep.  The following day I repeat it all over again.  If I’m lucky, I play a little basketball after working out, if I have time.

Guys, what is up with this long hair? Is this the new trend at West? 

Tripp: For me I have just grown it out this winter, but it does seem to be a trend at West.

Travis: You could definitely say the mullet is back on the rise.  I have been told that I am a trendsetter.

You guys being older classmen now, I am sure the younger guys are looking up to you. How are you guys leading the Titans?

Tripp: I am more of a leader by example so I try to show dedication in preparing myself for my sport  and how I act.

Travis: This is my first year at West Forsyth having transferred from Forsyth Country Day School, so I am trying to lead by example.  I am just working hard every day to be the best player I can.  Hopefully, that will rub off on the younger guys.

Who's the best player you have played with? 

Tripp: Wood Myers

Travis: Adam Griffin is the most talented player I have played with.  He has great eye at the plate, good wheels and throws BB’s from the outfield.  He also has a 90+ off the bump.

Who's the best player you have played against? 

Tripp: Matt Vernon

Travis: TJ McDonald is the best player that I have played against.  It seems like he is always 3-4 with a couple of doubles and he is throwing low 90’s off the mound.

What are your hobbies outside of baseball? 

Tripp: My hobbies outside of baseball are golf. I really like to do anything competitive and hanging out with friends.

Travis: My hobbies outside of baseball are I play in a YMCA basketball league and love to compete at anything, from Ping-Pong to golf.

In one word describe the other person. 

Tripp: Dedicated

Travis: Inspired

What's your favorite movie? 

Tripp: Trouble with the Curve

Travis: The Dark Knight Rises

What's your favorite book?

Tripp: Holy Bible

Travis: Ender’s Game

What's your favorite television show?

Tripp: Breaking Bad

Travis: Psych

What is one thing most people don't know about the other, that you know?

Tripp: Travis likes to watch Pretty Little Liars.

Travis: Tripp eats the same thing every single day for lunch. Ham and cheese on white, crackers with peanut butter, Pringles, a chewy bar, and drinks a bottle water.

Impact Baseball would like to thank Tripp and Travis for their "Under The Gun" interview. Best of luck to you and the Titans this season.

Please stay tuned for a exclusive "Up Close" interview this afternoon with Mr. Lee Land.