College: Grand Valley State
Weight: 185 pounds
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Family: mother, Cheryl Banks; father: Jeff Banks; and sister, Allyson Banks.
Host family: Mark and Thea Dodd
Major: criminal justice
2013 statistics: batted .225 with 4 home runs and 25 RBIs. Banks also had nine doubles and he scored 22 runs to go along with a .984 fielding percentage.
Best baseball moment: reaching the NCAA Division II World Series in Cary, N.C.
Best non-baseball moment: going Big Red fishing with my dad.
Other interests: fishing, hunting and lifting weights.
Favorite pro team: Cincinnati Reds
Favorite athlete: Yadier Molina
Favorite color: green
Favorite food: anything from breakfast.
Favorite actor: Will Ferrell
Favorite actress: Megan Fox
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite TV show: Criminal Minds
Favorite Cartoon: SpongeBob
Favorite musician: Brantley Gilbert
Mode of transportation: Chevrolet Silverado
First job: never had a job
Vacation spot: Panama City, Fla.
Motto: “Go hard or go home.’’
Hannibal vs. Danville
When — 6 p.m. (completion of suspended game from June 1 and regular 9-inning contest)
Where — Danville Stadium
Ticket prices — $6 for adults, $3 for school-age children
Promotion — It’s a triple-play Wednesday at Danville Stadium. For $9, an individual gets admission to the game, a hot dog and a drink.
Events — Golden Wedding Anniversary Night sponsored by the City of Danville Recreation Department.
Probable starting pitchers — Hannibal: LHP Travis McDonald (3-1, 0.30 ERA); Danville: RHP Corbin Olmstead (1-1, 2.02 ERA)
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