May 15, 2013 - Senior Ryan Slaughter has his eye on the ball and helping the Clarkston Boys Varsity Baseball team finish strong as they aim to make a long run in the playoff season.
Slaughter (click for larger version)
"We have been doing the little things, coming out and swinging the bat," he said as the boys prepare for playoffs. "Our defense and pitching has been doing really well."
Slaughter not only uses his talent and skill but experience when he is out on the field.
He explained he began playing baseball early and it is a family tradition.
"My brother played and my dad played," Slaughter added. "They brought me into it."
He kept with it because of the people but most importantly the game.
"I have always loved playing it," he smiled.
"He has done an awesome job at shortstop," said Phil Price, head coach. "He has really solidified the whole infield. He has been playing really good baseball for us."
In addition to playing shortstop, Slaughter has also pitched and is batting in the number five spot.
His last day of classes at Clarkston High School is next Tuesday and he is still deciding on a college to not only play baseball but will help him academically. He is planning to study business.
When Slaughter decides, he will take lessons from Clarkston Baseball with him.
"They have taught me the fundamentals," he said. "They taught me doing the little things will make me a better player at the ends."
His advice for aspiring athletes is to make sure to have fun.
"It's a game," Slaughter smiled. "So just go out there and play your hardest."
The Wolves host Waterford Kettering this Thursday, 4 p.m.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.