Aguilar picks LCC Titans

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School senior Matt Aguilar set his sights on playing college baseball at a young age. “I played for KYSA and winning a state title made me push myself that much harder,” said Aguilar. On Friday, Jan. 15, Aguilar signed a letter of intent to play for Lane Community College, taking the next step in his diamond journey. “It means everything,” said Aguilar, “I’ve been working toward this since I was a little kid.” Aguilar started out his McNary varsity career as a freshman pinch running for the elder players in the program. By his junior year, he was the starting shortstop for the team, a role he is expected to reprise this season. “We have baseball players and kids who play baseball, both are important, but Matt is a baseball player,” said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach. “It’s because of the time and energy and effort he dedicates in the offseason to becoming a good baseball player. You need kids that are looking beyond high school because they anchor a team in many ways.” Aguilar started looking at his options for college about four months ago and contacted LCC. That turned into a conversation with Aguilar’s summer ball coach and then an invitation to work out with the team. “The workout went well and they offered me a position playing shortstop...

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