I have always been a firm believer that good things happen to good people and in the case of Foothill High graduate TJ Friedl, that has certainly been the case.
Friedl was one of those kids growing up that was pretty much good at any sport, but as he entered college at the University of Nevada in Reno it was all about baseball and what a success that has turned out to be for Friedl.
But, despite the success, he has stayed a great kid. When my son was on a recruitment trip to Nevada for lacrosse, we stopped by to watch a baseball game as my son was a senior at Foothill at the time and had played some youth sports with Friedl.
We knew TJ was on the Nevada team and wanted to watch. Once he saw us in the stands he came up to say hi and hang out for a while. In fact, he stayed until one of the staff members told him to come back.
It's a credit to him as a person and those who raised him. It's great to see a classy kid have a great year. This past year has been a huge one for Friedl.
Recently he was named to the final 24 player roster for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, becoming just third player in Nevada history to be named to Team USA. As a result, he will compete in three International friendship series this summer.
Team USA is in Taiwan today for a five-game series against Chinese Taipei, a series that lasts through Saturday, July 9.
USA will then fly to Japan for another five-game series in three different stadiums from July 12-17. The team will close out its summer tour against Cuba for another five-game set from July 23-27.
Friedl recently capped an incredible sophomore season as he became the first Nevada player since 2001 to bat .400. The outfielder batted .401 with 89 hits, 68 runs and 35 RBI. Friedl ranked second in the nation in triples, fourth in runs and 11th in batting average. He also stole 13 bases and posted a .986 fielding percentage in center field.
Friedl was recently named to the ABCA/Rawlings West All-Region Second Team. Additionally, he was named to the All-Mountain West first team and to the All-MW Tournament Team this year.
Friedl and the Collegiate National Team are currently 2-0- 1 in their summer training games against club competition. Friedl recently hit a double and scored a game-tying run against the Santa Barbara Foresters on Wednesday.
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