5 questions: Nick Eccarius, Little League catcher | TheUnion.com

5 questions: Nick Eccarius, Little League catcher

Editor’s note: Nick Eccarius is an 11-year-old member of the Grass Valley Majors Little League All-Star team. After losing the first game of the tournament, Eccarius and his teammates battled back through the consolation bracket by winning three consecutive one-run games, to earn a berth in the championship game. Grass Valley was the Area 2 Major All-Stars runner-up to champion Penn Valley.

What other sports do you play?

Volleyball, golf and basketball. Baseball is my favorite. It’s a team sport.

What’s your favorite position to play in baseball?

Catcher and second base. You get to really interact when you play catcher and second base … it’s easy.

Who’s your favorite baseball player, and why?

Nick Swisher (of the Oakland Athletics). They’re in Oakland and it’s easy to go see games. We go about once a year.

Why was your team able to pull out so many close games?

Good hitting and good pitching. And because it’s All-Stars. In the regular season, there are a lot of games. In All-Stars, you lose two and it’s over.

What will you remember most about playing in the All-Stars tournament?

Having almost won the championship. I’m going to be 12, so I have one more year. I think our chances next year are very good.

– Brian Hamilton, Sports Editor

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