‘I still have a lot to prove:’ Kaden Hollow demonstrates determination, leadership and talent

Kaden Hollow, a sophomore sports and recreation and sports management major from Boise, Idaho, is a catcher on the baseball team. Hollow is a student-athlete that continues to excel in sports and academics. Photo Courtesy of Stan Plewe Dixie State Athletics.

Share This:

Kaden Hollow, a sophomore recreation and sports management major from Boise, Idaho, has had a successful collegiate career thus far with new achievements to add to his list of accomplishments.

Hollow is a catcher on the Dixie State University baseball team. With a batting average of .351 and a near-perfect fielding percentage, Hollow shows he is a superior player all around.

Head coach Chris Pfatenhauer said: “He is a very good athlete. He doesn’t just hit, he defends and he hits. He understands the game.”

While attending Rocky Mountain High School, Hollow was recruited by Purdue, Boise State and Portland. He chose to play for DSU because he wanted to go somewhere warm and somewhere he could improve as an athlete.

“I wanted to go somewhere that had a chance to develop me into a better baseball player and to get to the next level,” Hollow said.

During Hollow’s 2021 season, he was named to the 2021 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American Team and earned First Team and academic all-WAC honors.

Hollow also led his team in RBI and doubles and was ranked in the WAC’s top 10 in slugging percentage.

He was recently selected as athlete of the month and was named to the 2022 Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year watch list.

Hollow said the athlete of the month award was a cool recognition that motivated him to keep working.

Jagun Leavitt, a DSU graduate, said Hollow is a great athlete and teammate.

“As a player, he is very talented…he works really hard, probably the hardest worker on the team,” said Leavitt. “He cares about winning and is one of our leaders.”

Hollow said the team has contributed to the player he is today. He has learned a lot from former and current teammates.

Pfatenhauer complimented Hollow on his work ethic and how he carries himself. Not only does Hollow demonstrate leadership verbally, but he also demonstrates leadership by his actions.

“He has a pretty good work ethic when it comes to getting in the batting cages and doing his work… he shows leadership by doing and his example,” Pfatenhauer said.

When Hollow is not playing baseball, he enjoys being outdoors, specifically hiking and fishing. His academic recognitions show that he is not only a great athlete, but he is also a focused student. 

“Would I pick him first if we were playing pickup basketball or flag football? I don’t know about that, but he is a great baseball player,” Pfatenhauer said.

Hollow has contributed to the team’s 11-9 record this season. He is currently leading the team in home runs, triples and total bases.

“We have a winning record; we are in second place in the conference,” Pfatenhauer said. With team success will bring individual success… our goal is to win the conference and he has put us in a good position to do that.”

The DSU baseball team continues its season on March 25 at Seattle University.