Scott got the experience of a lifetime in Omaha in 2011
It is the dream of every Division I baseball player each day of the year. It is the ultimate goal, the final test that determines what makes a champion. For those lucky few teams that make it to the end, it is an experience unlike any other. The chance to go to Omaha, Nebraska, to play in the College World Series is a once in a lifetime opportunity and those who have been definitely know how to make the most of it.
For Logan Scott, a right handed pitcher who attends UC Berkeley, that dream became a reality at this time last year when his Golden Bears made the finals in Omaha. His journey to the CWS began when Cal beat Dallas Baptist in the Santa Clara super regional to advance to Omaha. “It all started with a dog pile on the pitcher’s mound,” Scott said, and the team was on their way to Omaha.
After being given a huge welcome at the airport, the Bears headed into Omaha. “Our coach got us on the bus and told us to close our eyes,” Scott said. “We had our eyes closed for 15 minutes and he just told his whole story about when he was there. He said ‘open your eyes because this is what you’re playing for’, and we opened our eyes and out in the distance was this beautiful big stadium in downtown.” That realization of what was at stake spurred Scott on as he pitched in first game against Virginia, where he was a part of the longest scoreless game in College World Series history. Despite getting the loss, the Bears rebounded against Texas A&M, before falling again to Virginia, eliminating them from the tournament.
Scott’s not the only Neptune Beach Pearl who has had a chance at the ultimate title however. 2011 Pearl player Matt Giovinazzo, an infielder at UCLA, also had the College World Series experience this year as his number 2 seeded Bruins made the second round of the CWS before being knocked out by Arizona.
As this year’s tournament looks to come to a close with Arizona battling South Carolina for the title, Scott is glad that he got to participate in the College World Series. “It pretty much made everything seem worth it over the past 15 years of playing ball,” Scott said. Now that he’s seen what those years of hard work can lead to, he’s not going to stop the fight.
You can meet Logan Scott and the rest of the 2012 Neptune Beach Pearl at the 1st Annual Meet The Pearl Dinner/Auction Fundraiser on July 14, 2012. Download the attachment below to sign up today!