Veeder: From JV to varsity

Camryn Fuller, staff writer

For a game that is nearly 75 percent failure, baseball tryouts can be stressful and nerve racking. Just a few missed swings or wild throws can be the difference between JV and varsity. Sophomore Shane Veeder is a perfect example of overcoming the stress of tryouts. Topping it off at around six feet tall, the pitcher played for the junior varsity team as a freshman, but is determined to earn a spot on this year’s varsity squad. We caught up with him before and after his tryouts.


When did you start playing baseball?

I started playing as soon as I was big enough to pick up a baseball. My dad played his whole life, so it helped me get started. He is still my coach to this day.

What is your favorite thing about the sport?

My favorite thing about baseball is the adrenaline rush you get when make a key hit or strike out a batter.

How did you feel when you made JV last year? Did you expect it?

I was shocked when Coach Weaston told me I was getting moved up [from the freshman team]. I was so happy and I felt like I had worked hard enough to deserve it.

What have you done to prepare for tryouts?

To prepare, I have practiced throwing and hitting almost every day, and I also run and work out a lot.


What did you do to prove yourself worthy of varsity this year?

I think I have proved myself because the time and the effort I put into the game. My goal is togo to a division one college on a scholarship for baseball so I am trying hard and doing something every day to get better.

What exactly was the tryout process?

The first day we did radar, which is where we throw balls as hard as we can into a net. Then, we took infield and outfield. On Saturday we hit, and Monday we scrimmaged.

How did you feel about your tryout? What was easy and hard about it?

I felt confident, but at the same time I was really nervous because I know there was stuff I could do better. The easiest part was probably the scrimmage just because it was like a game, but the hardest part was the mile because our legs were already tired from infield and outfeild.