Brock De Battista tried out for and earned a short-stop position on the 2017 USSSA All- American Baseball Team for his age division; 11U. There were 20 tryouts held across the country, 5,000 players tried out, and 500 kids chosen. Brock was the top scorer in his age division for the Far West Region (AZ, NM, CA, UT, CO) and was a direct selection pick for the Far West National Team. The tournament was held in Orlando, FL from August 5th-12th.
Q. How long have you played baseball?
A. For over eight years. Since I was almost two and half years old.
Q. Can you tell me a bit about your tournament you played in recently with the USSSA All-American baseball team in Orlando. How’d the team do?
A. It was a good trip. I met a lot of new people and made new friends from all parts of the country. Although we didn’t make it as far as we had hoped to in the tournament, is was a fun experience that I feel lucky to have been a part of.
Q. Traveling so much for baseball, it must be a challenge to balance with your studies. How do you manage to maintain such high grades?
A. I use my agenda a lot and make sure I know what assignments are due every day. I stay up late to complete all my homework after practice if I have to.
Q. What do you enjoy doing when you have downtime from school and baseball?
A. Hanging out with friends, hitting in my batting cage, and playing Xbox with my friends.
Q. Favorite baseball player of all time?
A. Derek Jeter, because he played shortstop like I do and played on my favorite team the Yankees.
Brock De Battista is a sixth grader at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic School.
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