Northumberland’s Collin Saunders – along with 17 other seniors from the eastern part of the state – were chosen to play in the 2019 All Star contest Monday, June 24, at James Madison University. Also picked from the Northern Neck was Lancaster’s Matthew Kleinfelter. Those chosen come from every size school from 6A, the largest, to 1A, the smallest.
Being chosen is a great honor with all the schools from which to pick players. Asked how it felt to be chosen after making the Group 1A second team all state football team, Collin said “It was an awesome feeling. I thought I deserved it. It was very good experience.”
Collin was one of three short stops chosen and got to play five innings of the nine inning game. He had three fielding opportunities at short, turning one into a double play and throwing out the other two at first. Ironically two of those opportunities came in the inning Lancaster’s Matthew Kleinfelter pitched. Saunders had two at bats during his five innings of play. Asked about his five innings with two other short stops on the squad, Saunders said “I was surprised. There was a lot of talent there and coming from a small school, I didn’t think I would play that much.” The West All Stars won the game 4-3.
Saunders has continued to work on his playing this summer with the Tappahannock Tides of the Tidewater League. He will enroll at Christopher Newport University in mid August. Is he looking forward to the next big step? “Yes sir, I am. I am very excited.”
Northumberland’s Collin Saunders was one of 18 athletes chosen to for the 2019 All Star contest.