Keenan O’Rourke
Keenan O’Rourke
Sports Broadcast Reporter, Phoenix

Keenan O’Rourke expects to graduate in May of 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism. O’Rourke has covered ASU baseball for Blaze Radio.

Latest from Keenan Orourke

From Div. I to JUCO… then back to DI: Hunter Omlid, Tyson Heaton take unusual paths to GCU

PHOENIX – Hunter Omlid and Tyson Heaton have take unconventional baseball journeys. Both committed to a Division I baseball program, then found themselves at Central Arizona, a junior college program, playing baseball a year later. Now, they both find themselves at GCU playing out the rest of their collegiate careers.

Grand Canyon University senior pitcher Hunter Omlid previous played for Boise State. The program was disbanded, and he was forced to find a new place to play baseball. (Photo by Lauren Hertz/Cronkite News)

Friendship goals: GCU trio fulfills childhood dreams of playing together

GLENDALE – Blake Reilly, Vince Reilly and Jacob Wilson lived the dream that many childhood friends only wish. The longtime teammates played travel, high school and college ball play college baseball together.

Vince Reilly signed with the Oakland Athletics in July, setting the bar for his twin brother, Blake, and childhood friend, Jacob Wilson, for 2023 season at Grand Canyon University. (Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon University athletics)

‘It’s an honor to be out here’: AFL Home Run Derby participants soak in opportunity to emulate MLB

MESA – In 2008, Josh Hamilton was in his second year of his MLB career, and went on to hit 28 home runs in one of the best Home Run Derby performances in history. In the Arizona Fall League, his performance has inspired prospects to try and emulate him in the AFL Home Run Derby.

Back to where it all began: Three Sun Devils reunite in Arizona Fall League

PEORIA – Gage Workman, Trevor Hauver and Justin Fall were part of a 2020 ASU baseball team that lost out on half a season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ending their college baseball careers. While Hauver and Workman were selected in the 2020 shortened draft, Fall was drafted the year after and the three reunited for the first time back where it all began, Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Former Arizona State outfielder Trevor Hauver was acquired by the Texas Rangers as part of the Joey Gallo trade in 2021. (Photo by Brady Vernon/Cronkite News)

Cubs prospect Matt Mervis uses past struggles to propel career in Arizona Fall League

PEORIA – Matt Mervis has found great success in the Arizona Fall League, but the road has not always been easy. With limited playing time at Duke, he had to work hard to prove he deserved to be where he is today.

Robert Hassell III’s hopes for the future come to a halt in the Arizona Fall League

SCOTTSDALE – When Robert Hassell III was drafted by the Padres, he thought he would end up in San Diego. But Major League Baseball can be an unforgiving business and he was traded to the Washington Nationals. He was using the Arizona Fall League to showcase his skills before an injury sidelined him.

Inside Zac Gallen’s career year for the Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX – Zac Gallen has pitched better than anyone else in baseball this year. What’s the secret to his success?

Zac Gallen's attention to detail in the second half of the 2022 season is one of his keys to success. "I am always trying to fine-tune things and make things as good as they possibly can be,” Gallen said. (Photo courtesy of Jill Weisleder/Arizona Diamondbacks)

Skidding Diamondbacks keep sight of the future with thin postseason hopes

PHOENIX – The D-Backs have been rolling since the second half of the MLB all-star break, with a record of 25-19. The numbers offensively and on the mound have been proficient and maps what they have to do to make the postseason as well as what lies ahead in the coming years.