By Maddie Lee /// Staff Writer
John Trupin (’16), fondly nicknamed “The Truth” by his teammates, has started, completed and earned the win in three out of his four complete conference appearances so far this season. He has an ERA of 3.73 overall this season.
“He is one of the most consistent pitchers in the conference, and he thrives off pressure,” head coach Tom Flynn said.
Trupin has had a passion for baseball his entire life. His first word was “ball,” and he told the story of learning how to read by going over box scores with his father. The next step was naturally to join a tee ball team, which he did at the ripe old age of three years old.
“There’s nothing I love more than just being out there and pitching,” Trupin said. “And nothing else really matters. You kind of get to have your own world, everything goes at your own pace, and for a little while everything’s perfect.”
Trupin continued his baseball career through his time at Garfield High School in Seattle, WA, and he added football into the mix. His pure size and athleticism made him an integral part of the Garfield football team. He went on to play football his freshman year for Lewis & Clark, but gave it up to focus on baseball this year.
In the tradition of Division III athletics, however, baseball is only one of Trupin’s many talents. Outside of the realm of athletics, Trupin has a passion for politics.
He has canvassed during several elections and volunteered for Ed Murray’s mayoral campaign in Seattle. He hopes to help make changes in the American education system and is considering running for the Seattle School board in order to begin to do so. This summer he is working for the King County prosecutor’s office.
“I want to get involved in law work and understanding how our criminal justice system works so that I can have a better understanding of what works well, where we’re struggling, [and] where we’re failing people,” he said.
At LC, Trupin works as a tour guide. He thoroughly enjoys the job because he gets to share his passion for the school with prospective students. He loves meeting new people and enjoys the fact that he can do so while wandering through the beautiful LC campus.