Coon Rapids right-handed pitching sensation Logan Shore spent his summer on the diamonds – the team USA baseball diamonds, that is.
Shore, who will enter his senior year at Coon Rapids High School next week, in July made his pitch for a spot on the 18U USA national baseball team. He made the 28-man cut, advancing along with fellow Minnesotan, outfielder Ryan Boldt of Red Wing.
Those athletes then competed in the final two games of the Prospect Classic, pitting the 18U National Trials Team against the Collegiate National Team. The trials team was also invited to the second phase of trials in California, Aug. 17-22.
The second phase of trials comprised games at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Goodwin Field in Fullerton, along with practices at Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium in Anaheim and Goodwin Field.
Late into the second phase of trials, Shore was set to make the team as a two-way player (first baseman and pitcher).
However, when the starting outfielder broke his thumb the day before the last game, head coach Scott Brosius had no choice but to take an outfielder to fill that spot.
And so, Shore was the 21st pick, failing to make the final 20-man cut due to an outfielder’s broken thumb.
While Shore admits the trials “could have turned out better,” he calls them “a great experience.”
“Being able to play with those kids at that level – and with those coaches – it was a great experience,” he said.
He will continue to work at perfecting his game, Shore said.
The tee ball player is not hanging up his baseball cleats. He’s not about to abandon the pitching mound or turn his back on the baseball diamond.
No, Shore will be working hard this winter, playing on the Minnesota Blizzard Elite team and training in their indoor facility in Vadnais Heights.
He will also compete in the World Wood Bat Championships in Jupiter, Fla., an event scheduled for late October.
“I’ll also be lifting, working out, getting stronger, improving my game and looking forward to the draft in June,” Shore said.
Ultimately, Shore dreams of playing major league baseball – a dream that could be realized with the June draft. But even if he’s not drafted, Shore has already committed to play ball with the University of Florida, where he plans to study sports medicine or sports management, “or something to do with sports,” he said.
As Shore works to perfect his game, the 18U USA national baseball team competes in a three-game series against Chinese Taipei and then travels to Seoul, South Korea, for the International Baseball Federation World Championships Aug. 30 through Sept. 8.
The team, coached by Brosius, the 1998 World Series MVP, opened pool play yesterday (Aug. 30) in the international championships with games against Australia, the Netherlands, Korea, Colombia and Venezuela.
To follow the 18U USA national baseball action, visit www.usabaseball.com.
Sue Austreng is at firstname.lastname@example.org