U-High senior ready to take on next-level competition
SPOKANE, Wash. — It is raining outside today which mean a lot of teams at U-High are practicing inside, but when one of your leaders is nicknamed the horse, you don’t have to worry about your team slacking off, especially on the eve of the playoffs.
“When I first me him he was like a little baby colt, you could tell that the potential there to be a really good player. Come back the next year all the sudden he was way bigger. He was hitting one day, he was just hitting the bejeebers out of the ball and I said great job horse, and it stuck,” said Assistant Coach Don Ressa.
U-High Senior Brandon Faire began playing baseball at a young age. At first just throwing the ball around with his dad in the back yard, and then progressed to making the JV squad his freshman year of high school, and then eventually varsity.
“I really like competing, just competing with my teammates. I mean I love hitting, hitting’s my favorite part of the game, love to hit, fielding pitching. It’s just all so much fun,” said Brandon.
It’s also easy to have fun when your playing at an all league type of level. In fact Brandon might be playing well above that, with a .537 average at the plate this season with a .61 ERA on the mound.
Of course he’s quick to credit his teammates for setting him up for this type of success.
“This year I wanted to see if I could do more and more on pitching side, more on the fielding side and just thought I would take my skills to the next level,” said Brandon.
“I think the best is yet to be for him. He’s going to start in junior college, but he’s going to go some place else I think. He is a great hitter, he’s a good first baseman and he’s a great kid. I think that’s his big selling feature with coaches, he’s just a super kid,” added Ressa.
Once he graduates next month, it’ll be off to Yakima Valley Community College to continue his career, but don’t be surprised if you see him move up to a larger school within a couple of years.
“I think Brandon might have a shot to do that sooner rather than later because the kid is just a work horse,” said Head Coach Kevin May.
While would like to continue playing baseball for as long as he can, he realizes the importance of school, boasting a 3.8 GPA, which also doesn’t hurt when you’re getting recruited for the next level.
“Just school has really been important to me. I think my parents have instilled it in me since the beginning that you get a good education and you do really good at school, it can take you a long ways in life,” said Brandon.
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