Jordan Barchus

Of the Keizertimes

A McNary High School junior will play in the 2013 Gold Medal Games, an international baseball competition.

Jordan Barchus was selected to try out for the team during an Arizona-based winter tournament earlier this year. He played for the Capital City Select, a Keizer-based, 18U travel baseball team. Barchus then traveled to Florida earlier this month to compete in the tryouts for the 2013 tournament.

“Basically, all the guys who were selected were assigned to teams and we played four games,” Barchus said.

He must have done more than one thing right because he was assigned to the first-team All-Americans as a utility player.

“After the try-outs they announced the teams at the Astros’ spring training facility and we got certificates and a chance meet all the coaches,” Barchus said.

Clayton Gelfand, another member of the Capital City Select 18U team was also chosen to play alongside Barchus in the Gold Medal Games.

“It’s an Olympic-style event and they’ll bring teams in teams from 12 other countries,” Barchus said.

The level of competition at the tournament was eye-opening, Barchus said, but it’s given him goals to work on for the coming year.

“I want to work on my overall athleticism and hitting to try to get to that next level so I I’m ready for the Games,” he said.

Capital City Select players Travis Sanders and Jared Bell also tried out for the games.