By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– As the boys of SWAT return from another great trip down in Tuscon, Arizona at the University of Arizona where they went 2-2 in four games in the classic.
North Salem’s Jake Mason continues his off-season dominance with a complete game, one-hit shutout against Millers Baseball of Minnesota.
Westview’s Mante Brown went 8-for-11, a .727 batting average, with three triples, two doubles and a home-run in the tournament in front of several colleges who were in attendance.
“It was definitely a good experience getting a chance to perform in front of them.”,” said Brown. “I feel confident, I feel like if stick to the basics, and hit the way I can, I feel there is no pitcher that can beat me.”
Sophomore South Salem Connor Robustelli joined the squad as Robustelli added his good bat speed at the plate, contributing four hits, one of which being an extra base hit for SWAT baseball.
“Everything was fast paced, showed me what I need to play too,” said Robustelli on playing on this stage and playing with fellow Saxon teammates in Sean and David Alvarado and Tristen May. “It’s so different, they show me leadership and playing with guys who want to play at the next level.”
Robustelli drove in three RBIs in the tournament.
As for playing in-front of all of those schools, especially Division-I coaches, nerves were there but once they got onto the diamond, it all seems to melt away as the Boys of Summer work on their craft during the winter time.
I feel likes a good way to get colleges to look at you, because they know Swat always has a good team,” said North Salem’s Reyes Luna. “I just go out there and play my game and the rest take care of itself.”
It was good to get out of the rain, and have better climate,” said McNary’s Ryan Thompson. “The facility’s where amazing, I’m hoping to make All League (this year).”