By Jeremy McDonald
KEIZER, Ore.– As he runs in from the outfield of Volcanoes Stadium with South Salem’s Sean Alvarado glove-bumping him was North Marion’s Brady Hansen.
“It’s a lot of fun,” smiled Hansen on playing at Volcanoes Stadium. “I’m having a lot of fun getting some good at-bats, good playing time. It’s a blast.”
After playing with the North Willamette Valley Single-A baseball team and helping them win the State Championship and make a run in the Northwest Regional Tournament this past summer, this Fall is just adding on to that success for this upcoming Spring season with the Huskies.
“This is a great experience, this past spring and this summer was great for me to watch a lot of good baseball and be apart of a lot of good baseball, and then this Fall to have a great opportunity to come down here and play,” said Hansen. “It’s really going to make a difference come Spring.”
Hansen, in the latter game of the doubleheader at where the Low-A Salem-Keizer baseball team plays at, with the roar of I-5 behind him, made some cruical catches and a few nice relay throws to help SWAT split with the Warriors squad they had Sunday afternoon.
Playing with guys like Alvarado from South Salem, Reyes Luna and Jake Mason of North Salem, higher-level talent in terms of 6A schools but from good programs like the one Hansen is coming from
“It’s great to being able to play with some new guys, beat some new guys,” said Hansen on playing with those guys. “It’s good for me to play good baseball and it should help me out come next year.”
And as the short Fall season ends it’s third week, Hansen plans to use the winter lull as a way to build for the future for the spring as he is and has been since school baseball season ended a few months ago.
“I plan on working out a lot, being in the weight room a lot and then we got a great facility at North Marion, go take some BP and I’m looking forward to next Spring,” said Hansen on his Winter plan.
But hey, Hansen will probably not be the only one in the weight room or in the cages as the Huskies look for a similar run to that of what they had over the summer.
A few photos (Pictures By Jeremy McDonald)