Local baseball star pitching for elite team in Seattle
After graduating from Lassen High School just a few weeks ago, all-star pitcher Joey Beck is already in Seattle, Wash. playing for the En Fuego Elite Connie Mack baseball team. The En Fuego Elite team won its first two games, throughout which Beck pitched three and two thirds innings, faced 15 batters, struck out seven, walked three and allowed no hits and no runs. Photo submitted
June 27 — Former Lassen High School all-star pitcher Joey Beck has begun playing for the En Fuego Elite Connie Mack baseball team in Seattle, Wash. Steve Avila, former Susanville resident and coach at Lassen Community College, coaches the team. Beck will play for En Fuego Elite throughout the summer, before reporting to Western Nevada College, where he has accepted a scholarship to attend and play baseball.
Beck pitched his first game for the En Fuego Elite Thursday, June 13 against the Crimson Collegiate Team. He came into the game at the top of the sixth inning when En Fuego was leading, 7-6, with one out and two runners on base. Beck struck out the side with six pitches. He went on to throw two strikes before the batter hit a fly ball to the shortstop, securing the win for En Fuego. Throughout the game, Beck pitched one and two-thirds innings, faced five batters and struck out four.
The En Fuego Elite went on to play the Langley Blaze Collegiate team from Langley, British Columbia and won, 7-6. Beck came in to close out the game, pitching the sixth and seventh innings. He faced 10 batters, of which one reached base on an error, three grounded out, three walked and three struck out.
During the summer, the En Fuego Elite baseball team will travel throughout the United States and Canada to play. Beck will report to Western Nevada College to begin playing for the Wildcats in early August.