CENTRALIA, Washington.–The beast that is South Salem’s Aaron Zavala took his talents to the next level Sunday afternoon in what the Saxon called one of the most memorable moments of the weekend:
Partaking in the Pro Scout Day Game during this past weekend’s tournament put on by Baseball Northwest.
“Oh it was awesome to get to play against bigger competition, it’s unbeatable,” said Zavala on the opportunity. “Whenever you get an opportunity to do that, it’s top fun.”
Now referred to the game by the coaches of Baseball Northwest, everyone get’s an opportunity to showcase their talents with colleges and pro scouts floating around the stadium, watching the athletes show what they have in two teams being the National and American Teams.
After going through the routine of warming up, the nine-inning game was underway, and for Zavala, the Saxon caught three innings of the game while going 1-for-4 against Division-1 caliber talent as his National Team built a 4-1 lead.
“I thought I did pretty good, the pitchers out there were really good and I think I held my own out there,” said Zavala on how he did.
On the American Team side, the pitching staff featured Gonzaga-commit Gabriel Hughes and Oregon-commit Zach Sanidad as the two Division-1 athletes and two of three committed athletes on the roster, but Zavala’s team did feature a few Division-1 guys themselves.
Ten to be exact.
But the American Team would rallied and tied it up at four-apiece to force extras, but after the tenth inning, the game was called with the tie in tact.
Believing that he has the capabilities to play at the Division-1 level, the 2017 unanimous First-teamer catcher in the Greater Valley Conference as a junior and first-team catcher as a sophomore in 2016 too said that this game Sunday was his favorite memory of the weekend as he heads back to Salem and back to South Salem.
“I think this, this was the most fun that I had all weekend, just a lot of the guys were really good guys and playing against good competition, it’s really fun,” said Zavala. “Just seeing where I’m at with everybody else. I mean all of these guys are D-1 guys, just being able to see what I need to improve on this offseason and need to get better at.”