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Hart’s Bouyer gets rare opportunity

Indians senior selected to play in USA Baseball Tournament of Stars

Posted: June 8, 2009 9:28 p.m.
Updated: June 9, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Newly graduated Hart High baseball player Adam Bouyer has a big opportunity in front of him.

Bouyer was recently selected to participate in the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars.

The tournament will run June 23 through 28 in Cary, N.C. and it gives Bouyer the opportunity to be selected to the 18U National Team.

"I'm ecstatic," Bouyer said of being chosen.

According to Rick Riccobono, the director of the 18U National Team, 144 of "the best juniors and seniors in the country" are chosen to participate in the tournament.

Bouyer, a powerful first and third baseman, struggled as a senior for Hart.

In 60 at-bats, he hit .200 with one home run and nine RBIs.

But it was the work he did at the Major League Baseball Youth Academy in Compton that got him selected to play in North Carolina.

"This was definitely not the season I hoped for," Bouyer said. "I had some struggles, had some obstacles, tried to get around them. I wasn't really comfortable with my play overall. It was not the way I wanted to end my high school career.

(The selection) almost kind of seemed like a surprise. I knew my stats, but knowing I could go there and get the invitation makes me feel more confident instead of doubting my abilities."

Bouyer said he will play baseball for Mission College in 2010.

Eight teams of 18 players will participate in the Tournament of Stars.

From that tournament, 36 players will be selected for the 18U National Team Trials.

One more cut will then take place and 18 players will move on to play in the Pan Am Championships in Barquisimeto, Venezuela in September.

Two years ago, Saugus High's Zachary Vincej played for the 16U National Team in Barquisimeto and earned a gold medal.

"The odds are slim, but I'm definitely ready to earn my spot," Bouyer said.


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