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Cameron High School senior Austin Standridge has joined an elite fraternity of college-bound athletes from around the country. Standridge was recently chosen to represent the United States and LeFlore County as a member of Coast to Coast Baseball in Puerto Rico this summer.
During the seven-day program, Standridge will compete against top amateur teams from greater San Juan while receiving instruction from Coast to Coast staff who have all played or coached the game at the collegiate or professional level.
Each summer and fall, Coast to Coast sees approximately 2,000 players at a series of nationwide tryouts. Additionally, the organization evaluates hundreds of applications from players unable to attend a tryout event.
From this pool, approximately 250 roster spots â€” comprising 15to 18 teams â€” are filled with players seeking to play at one of the gameâ€™s highest levels.
Based in Marietta, Ohio,, the eight-year old program has taken more than 1,600 players from 46 different states to compete in Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia and Puerto Rico. The organizationâ€™s alumni now compete at every level of college baseball and event professionally.
Standridge showcased his skills at a recent tryout which took place at Oklahoma City University. At tryouts, players are evaluated in four areas â€” hitting, fielding, arm strength and speed. He will participate the week of June 17-23 in Puerto Rico.
In order to maintain his amateur status, Standridge is seeking to raise his share of the teamâ€™s cost. Persons interested in making a donation can call (918) 649-4063 or mail donations to: 29125 Fayberry Drive, Poteau, OK 74953.