TBS eighth-grader Tucker Holland had a chance that many other baseball players never get when he was selected to participate in the USA Baseball 13U National Team Identification Series as a member of the Capital Region team this summer. Holland, who pitches and plays first base, recently answered some questions about his experience.
Holland hit .444 (4-for-9) with two doubles and four RBI for the 13U Capital Region squad. He made one appearance on the mound, logging 4.0 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits. He struck out five.
Q: What did it mean to you to be selected to participate in the National Team Identification Series?
A: It was really cool because I got to represent where I’m from, my region. I got to play with a lot of good baseball players. My region had players from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. There were just two players from North Carolina. The facilities at the USA Baseball complex were amazing.
Q: What was the process like to be selected?
A: We had two tryouts. One was at an indoor facility and was about an hour long. They took you through a pro-style workout, which is hitting and fielding. Then you had to do a 30-yard dash. The second was a two-day tryout and was basically the same thing. On the second day we scrimmaged. They cut the team to 18 after that.
Q: What is your favorite memory from the event?
A: Just hanging out with my teammates and learning where they are from and their baseball background.
Q: How did your team finish in the tournament?
A: Unfortunately, we lost the first game, but won our last three. After losing that first game, we didn’t have a chance to win the tournament, but we were able to finish at 3-1.
Q: What did you learn from the summer that you can carry over with you into the upcoming season at TBS?
A: Recovery. Recovery is major. Recovering your arm after pitching and resting after a long weekend.