Cameron High School graduating baseball player Austin Standridge will leave this afternoon for Puerto Rico to participate in the Coast to Coast Baseball Program.
The Yellowjacket slugger, who won the 2012 High School Baseball Coaches Association's Home Run Derby on May 23 at McAlester's Mike Deak Field, was ecstatic when he was invited to participate.
“I was super excited,” Standridge said. “I couldn't believe I made the team.”
The event has brought about mixed emotions.
“While I'm excited about it, I'm a little nervous — but ready to go,” Standridge said.
Standridge is hoping this event will help him on down the line in his baseball career.
“Hopefully, I can prove to a few coaches that I can play at the next level, he said. “I also hope to meet some new people and have a good time.”
Standridge is also hoping this event will give him an idea of what playing at the next level will be like.
“I think it'll be an experience that most kids my age would like to have,” the 2012 Cameron High School graduate said. “I'll get to see some great pitching, and that should help me prepare to see better pitching in college.”
He can't wait to get there.
“I'm looking forward to getting to compete on the next level, while my nanny, my mom, my aunt Darla and and my nanny's friend, Connie, will enjoy watching me and the ball games — and we all have a good time.”