mound By Mike Tenney A University Little League and Lamar High School players who have risen to lofty heights. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound sophomore left-hander is a member of the Trinity University baseball that won the Division III helped them hoist the big trophy. in the spring and summer as a youngster and then at Lamar High School played a big part in his ability to play championship-level college ball. “Playing in West University growing up and then at Lamar, the level of competition is excellent every time you step out ballplayer, and I think it’s helped me get to this point.” He’s also learned through osmosis, the exposure to rising “Growing up, I watched Craig Biggio play catch with his kids, and I saw them play in their Little League games, and he would be there. And at Lamar, (Washington Nationals out with us and practice with us sometimes, and so I would watch how he does his work and how he prepares. (Former see him running.” Senior League team in 2014 that won the World Series championship in Bangor, Maine. He was the starter and got the “W” in the team’s third game — an 11-3 victory over the three shutout innings, striking out four and allowing two hits on 62 pitches to help his team get closer to its second world title in six years at the time. He followed that up with that huge role in the College World He earned a save by pitching three shutout, two-hit innings in a 9-7 win over SUNY-Cortland State (N.Y.) in Appleton, win before coming back the next day and going three-anda third innings for another save in a 5-2 win that eliminated that same Cortland State squad. been, as he allowed three hits and walked four , but he showed tremendous poise and recorded the big out when he had to Keystone University (La Plume, Pa.) in two games to clinch their World Series. PAGE 15 | WEST U ESSENTIALS C Hoffman played a key role in helping the Trinity University Tigers to a Division II NCAA College World Series title last year.
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