Colton Swanson, Online Reporter
Ever since he was little, Hudson Byorick has been immersed in the game. Byorick has been playing baseball since the age of four, before many children entered school. It didn’t take him long to find his way into the spotlight. His most memorable baseball moment came in 2010, when Byorick and Team Northwest found themselves in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. The team finished third overall in the nation. Prior to the World Series, Byorick played for the Auburn Little League, where he hit .529 with three home runs in 17 at-bats.
Byorick is now an outfielder for the Raiders baseball team.
“My goal is to win an NWAC championship this year,” Byorick said.
The Raiders finished last season with a record of 34-16, reaching third place in the NWAC Championship in Longview. Head Coach Kevin Davis helped lead the Raiders to their first ever NWAC Baseball Championship in 2012 as the Pitching Coach of the team. Pierce also won four straight NWAC West Region titles from 2011-2014.
Byorick puts a ton of time each day into both school and practice.
“Go to 6 a.m. (workouts) class at 8, practice after class and then the tutoring center when I get back from practice,” Byorick said.
While it may seem like a hectic schedule, Byorick doesn’t seem to mind.
“My everyday life is basically centered around baseball,” Byorick said. “Baseball affects everything we do from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed.”
This kind of dedication to a sport is a common trait among student athletes. Keeping up with homework and school while also trying to focus on a sport is no easy task.
“I want to keep a good GPA,” Byorick said.
The tutoring center is one way that he uses to stay on track in his academic life. On the field, Byorick has a different way to stay focused.
“I’m a little superstitious,” he said, “I like to do everything the same way every game but most of the things us baseball players do are to keep us relaxed and focused.”
The team held their fifth annual Halloween Game on Oct. 27 at Heritage Park in Puyallup. The players dressed up in costumes and played a softball game while also passing out candy and helping with events for the fans.
With baseball season still a few months away, Byorick may be a hard man to find but come next spring he can always be found roaming the outfield at the Raiders home park at Mt. Tahoma High school in Tacoma.
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