The TPR 209 Reds 14-and-under travel baseball team had two local players compete at the USSSA All-American Games this past week in Florida.
Martin Reyes, who will enter the ninth grade at Central Valley High School this fall, suited up for the Northwest National Region Team.
Ceres High School freshman-to-be Landyn Hudson suited up for the Northwest American Region Team.
The All-American Games were staged, July 28 to Aug. 3, at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera.
“It was a fun experience,” Reyes said. “It’s the biggest tournament I’ve played in. I had parents, coaches and teammates watching me play from home on the USSSA app.”
“This is the most memorable thing I’ve done in my career so far. The fields were very nice. It was like playing in the MLB. That’s what the experience was like. It was amazing.”Landyn Hudson
“I’ve been playing baseball since I was 5,” Hudson said. “This is the most memorable thing I’ve done in my career so far. The fields were very nice. It was like playing in the MLB. That’s what the experience was like. It was amazing.”
Reyes logged playing time at pitcher and shortstop, and in center field.
“It was a good experience for me to see that level of competition,” he said. “It’s the best pitching I’ve faced in my career playing baseball. The pitchers were throwing 70-80 miles per hour. I’m used to 60-68. After a few games, I got the timing down hitting.”
Reyes was throwing a one-hitter against the Great Lakes National Region Team prior to exiting the game in the fifth inning due to a pitch-count rule.
Northwest National ended up suffering a 3-2 loss.
Reyes allowed no runs with six strikeouts in defeat.
“I hit my spots and my defense helped,” he said.
Reyes also singled twice on offense versus Great Lakes.
Reyes’ team compiled a 2-3 overall record en route to a seventh-place finish.
“I enjoyed playing with new teammates and against new competition,” he said.
Hudson logged playing time at pitcher, shortstop and first base.
He allowed one run and two hits with three strikeouts in three innings of work on the mound.
He batted 3-for-10 from the plate with one double and one RBI. “I feel like I could have done better,” Hudson said. “But I tried my best.”
Hudson’s team compiled an 0-4-1 overall record.
“Honestly, we didn’t put everything together,” Hudson said. “We had some close games. There was a lot of talent—pitchers, fielders, hitters. All-round good ball players.”
Reyes and Hudson both flew for the first time when they traveled from California to Florida.
“I got a weird feeling in my stomach during takeoff,” Reyes said.
“I could feel the G-force,” Hudson said. “It was awesome.”