PLAYER PROFILE: Nevada Union’s Owen Day is solid at the plate and in the classroom
The high school baseball season has been over for months, but for Owen Day, the passion to play continues as the game he loves is never far from his thoughts.
“I’ve been playing baseball since tee ball and I just love it,” the Nevada Union senior said. “It’s so much fun.”
Day, who stands 6-feet, 2-inches tall, had a breakout junior year for the Miners, batting .422 with 25 RBIs, 15 doubles and two home runs, according to MaxPreps.com.
Even though the Miners finished in last place in the Sierra Foothill League, Day earned All-SFL First Team honors and was among the league leaders in several offensive categories including slugging percentage (first), RBIs (tied for first), home runs (tied for second) and batting average (third).
“He’s not a hoot and holler leader,” said Nevada Union head coach Ted White. “He leads by example. He works hard, does all the right things and a testament to that is that him and Luke Cornish, both juniors, were selected as captains last season, which is unheard of. Usually it’s a senior. So, that says what not only the coaches think about him, but what his teammates think about him too.”
Day is NU’s starter in centerfield, where he had an impressive defensive season. He also pitches and can play pretty much anywhere on the field.
“He’s a good enough athlete that he could play any where on the infield; he’s just that kind of athlete. But in center field you need that guy thats going to run down those balls in the gap, and he does that,” said White. “He made some spectacular plays for us last season.”
Day, who is also strong in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA in the spring semester, has decided to make baseball his sole athletic focus going forward. He played with the Grass Valley Dirtbags U18 team over the summer and plans to play with the Miners fall ball team leading up to the 2018 spring season.
Day said the decision to drop his senior year of football, where he’s been a standout on both sides of the ball at tight end and defensive end, was not easy.
“I had a really good year in baseball, and I felt it was time for me to settle down and just focus on baseball and just work on that.” he said. “It was tough, but in the long run I think it will benefit me.”
The dream for Day would be to play professional baseball, but for now he’s just looking to keep his grades up and play well enough to earn a spot on a team at the college level.
“I hope to play college ball,” he said. “Everybody dreams of going to the pros and that would be awesome. That’s my dream and that would be really cool, but I just want go to college and play ball, because I love it.”
Day said he has had some interest from colleges already, but no decisions have been made.
“It would be great to go anywhere and play ball,” Day said. “As long as they have the major I’m looking for and a baseball team that I like.”
White added, “I think that he could, with his GPA, go anywhere that he wants. It’s really tough with baseball because you have to find the right fit. I tell the kids to go someplace you have a chance to play.”
Day said he would like to major in automotive engineering or mechanical engineering, and expressed an interest in one day designing cars as a profession. He is currently building a Baja Bug in his free time.
College is still a year away though, and Day is focused on his senior year.
“We got a lot of young talent coming in and we will be a relatively young team,” he said. “That can be good and bad. But I think we’ll do pretty good.”
In addition to baseball and his Baja Bug project, Day said he also enjoys fishing and golfing.
“He is a great kid,” said White. “He’s polite, he’s a good student and just a very well rounded kid. He’s a great young man. He really is.”
To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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