Sandringham Baseball Club is pleased to announce that Reed Mason from NorthWestern University will be joining the team for the 2016/17 season.
Reed is a hard throwing left-handed pitcher hailing from San Diego. At Northwestern, Reed was a weekend starter and threw every Friday night during his Senior season. Reed compiled a 4.22 career ERA with 188 strikeouts over 270 innings. In his final year for the Wildcats, he started in 14 games, with an ERA of 3.89, and 53 strikeouts.
We chatted to Reed during the week as he prepared for his trip, and he told us how much he was looking forward to heading down under.
“I visited Australia with my family in December of 2014 and loved it. One morning at a hotel breakfast in Sydney, I met an American who went to Cornell University and was playing in Perth. He told me about how awesome of an experience he was having and ever since then I have wanted to get myself back.”
“I know Australia is a beautiful country with lots of wildlife and the people are down to Earth. I have been to Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, and driven the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne down to Port Campbell. I can’t wait to get to know Victoria better.”
As for baseball in Australia, Reed admitted he didn’t know much about the scene down here. “I don’t know a ton about baseball in Australia since I have never actually seen a full game. However, I have reached out to many people who have played in Australia to learn about their experiences. I have heard that it is a fun atmosphere in the State leagues where the communities get involved with their team. I am excited to be a part of the community and get people excited about baseball.”
“I’m looking forward to getting to know the Sandringham area well since I have seen a few Australian cities but only for a couple days at a time. I want to get in the ocean a lot and possibly do some camping.”
Reed started his baseball career in the backyard with his dad. “I have been playing baseball as long as I can remember. I was playing organized tee ball by the age of five. My dad was always a big baseball fan and my brother (2 years older) was a good player himself, so I never had a shortage of practice partners or motivation.”
Reed has had a number of career highlights as a junior. “As a sophomore at NU, I earned a save in a weekday game before throwing 8 2/3 innings at Nebraska in front of a crowd of 4,500 on the weekend. Another good memory was in my last collegiate game. I carried a no-hitter through five innings and ended up going 7 for the win”
However, he didn’t initially specialise as a pitcher. “I played outfield at a junior but I began to focus more on pitching during my sophomore year of high school (10th grade). Before the season I tore a ligament in my hand which made it very painful to swing a bat, but didn’t prevent me from throwing. That turned out to be very helpful, since it made me a much better pitcher than I had been, rather than just alright at both positions.”
As for life after this season, Reed was not sure as yet where he would head. “I love to travel, so I may try to play the following season in Europe if the opportunity arises. I am not sure yet what I want to do in life after baseball. I studied industrial engineering at Northwestern University, so maybe I’ll try to put that to use.”
Reed arrives in Australia this week, and will be joining training very shortly. We welcome Reed to the club and encourage all Sandringham members to make him welcome!
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