Stand up to the Challenge
14-year-old Lexington freshman Derek Dane plays with the 2014 College Station Twelve select baseball team, which is made up of predominately 15-year-olds from 3A thru 5A schools. Derek was asked to play a double header with their 16U team this past weekend at Rudder High School. Derek was excited to get the opportunity and he did not disappoint.
His first appearance was coming out of the Bull Pen with bases loaded, one out and a 1-0 lead and Derek did what was asked of him by pitching them out of the inning without giving up a run. He pitched the next inning, not giving up a run and striking out one batter before opening up the next inning with a strike out. After that, his day was done on the mound.
After a short break, he played three innings at 3rd base, where he made some routine plays until there were runners in scoring position. A line drive ground ball was hit down the third base line toward Derek. He dove to catch the ball on the line behind the bag near the grass and was able to throw the runner going to first out, which ended the inning.
Derek then caught the last four innings, and it did not take long before someone tested the young arm. With two outs in the inning and a runner on first, Derek was tested. With a great pop and throw, Derek had the ball at second in plenty of time to end the inning. There were multiple good plays by both teams and it was exciting to watch, especially to watch a young kid with something to prove and to do it modestly with great enjoyment was well worth it all!