By Jeremy McDonald
ALBANY, Ore.– The journey of South Salem’s Ryan Brown continues as July comes to an end.
As he finishes up another day playing with the Northwest Futures Monday, the soon-to-be-junior will be traveling to Atlanta, Georgia Tuesday to be playing with Baseball Northwest in part of the the 16U World Series in the Southeast corner of the United States.
Though Brown emerged as a great option as a third-baseman as a sophomore to go along with his shortstop and pitching stardom, the 16-year-old will be just a pitcher following taking part in the Area Code game try-outs earlier this summer that got him noticed to give him the great opportunity to perform at a bigger stage than he might have ever been on.
“Well I went to the Area Code game, I pitched there and then I got a call that night and wanted to know that if I could go and I was like, ‘well it’s like in two weeks. Got to find a flight and a room and car and everything’,” starts Brown. “My dad worked his ass off strung it together and called them back and said we could.
“And so I didn’t try-out for it, they just saw me at the Area Code game.”
Going back to that experience though at the AC event though real quick, there was some nerves of course as he looked up the first-time on the mound and saw 40 speed cameras pointed at him from a variety of people on the other side of the netting; but as typical-Downtown Brown-style, settles in pretty quickly to perform well.
“It was definitely nerve-racking because when you get up there and come set and 40 guns come up looking at you, it’s like ‘whoa, I got to throw hard’,” said Brown on the experience at the University of Portland in June. “So you go up there and you throw hard and after a while you don’t get nervous, but it was a great opportunity.
“Even though I was too young to make the games, but it was a good opportunity to get eyes on me.”
And it surely did get himself noticed with his arm as he prepares for what is to come starting July 26 in Atlanta. With him admitting that he probably won’t get the nervous bug until he gets out on the field, he know too that the opportunity will help him when Spring 2018 rolls around with the Saxons.
“Definitely want to get ahead more,” said Brown on his goals and expectations entering this opportunity. “Obviously they’re going to get hits off me and their a better hitting team, but I just want to get ahead in the count and be able to play with them.”
If anyone that knows Brown knows how much of a picky eater he is, and with the South being known for their Good-Cooking in the area, will he be open to try the local cuisine that he may not be able to get here in the Pacific Northwest?
Only in time will we know that answer to that question.
“I don’t know about that, I may be just eat burgers and pizza you know, my usual,” laughed Brown at the question.
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