A young White Rock pitcher turned some heads down south last week, earning himself recognition at a national championship tournament.
David Rhodes, 15, was on the mound for the Seattle Selects, who were playing in the USA Baseball 17U Championship in Arizona, and was named Pitcher of the Day June 23.
Rhodes was one of only eight players in the weeklong tournament to be recognized out of close to 2,500 taking part from across the western United States.
“On the mound, Seattle Select’s David Rhodes has been dealing, and opposing hitters can’t find an answer,” a USA Baseball release said. “Rhodes has thrown 11 innings and only allowed one earned, while striking out 11.”
Rhodes also five for eight at bat, racking up three RBIs and a stolen base. The Selects ended up with a 4-4 record at the championship tourney.
Rhodes’ father, Mike, told Peace Arch News Monday that his son was likely one of the youngest taking part in the 140-team tournament, making his Pitcher of the Day honour even more impressive.
“He would have been one of the only 15 year olds in the U17 tournament,” Mike said. “He did very well.”
During the spring season, Rhodes – a student at Langley Fine Arts – plays on a senior division team for Whalley Little League.
He’s been making the trips south to Seattle during the summer months to play for the Selects since 2011.
From 2008-2011, Rhodes played little league in White Rock.