DeGuzman, Lees earn baseball honors
Published 10:05 pm Thursday, November 5, 2015
Some Suffolk talent grabbed the spotlight at the 2015 Best of the 757 Baseball Camp and Showcase that took place on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Virginia Wesleyan College.
Out of a group of participants from all across the state, King’s Fork High School junior Tristen DeGuzman was named the Top Performer for his hitting, pitching and base-running.
Nansemond River High School senior Nick Lees was named the Top Infielder for his skills demonstrated at both second base and shortstop.
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The Suffolk players were two of six honorees selected by a group of college and high school coaches, former college players and even some former pro players.
DeGuzman said it meant a lot to receive his accolade.
“I’m just really blessed and glad I got the opportunity to get that,” he said. “I actually wasn’t really expecting to get it. I just went out there and played my best, and I just came out on top.”
On day one of the event, the participants were put through athletic testing, measuring things like their lateral jump, vertical jump, agility and speed in the 60-yard dash. Then, they were put through drills giving them the opportunity to showcase their batting, fielding, pitching, catching skills and arm strength.
On day two of the event, all participants took part in two showcase games.
There were some obvious reasons DeGuzman stood out.
“I had the fastest 60 time there, and I did well in all the timed events and stuff,” he said. “And then when we played the games, I hit really well, too. I got on base five out of six times, and I got three hits during the two games.”
He also had three stolen bases, one of which was home, and he pitched two innings, giving up no runs while striking out two and walking one.
Lees said the knowledge that he was performing in front of college coaches was the most difficult thing about the event, but it made his accolade mean even more.
“I know there’s a lot of good players and for those coaches to pick me was pretty rewarding,” he said.
As for what compelled them to choose him for the honor of Top Infielder, he said he guessed it was “just the way I field, my footwork and my arm.”
Nansemond River coach Mark Stuffel said Lees is close to choosing his college destination, and he expects him to be a factor for the Warriors this spring both defensively and offensively.