Oregon hosts one-day event for players interested in playing for Ducks

Oregon hosts one-day event for players interested in playing for Ducks

The University of Oregon recently hosted a one-day event at Orange Coast College’s Pirate Park for high school baseball players who might be interested in attending the university and playing for renowned Ducks coach George Horton.

The Southern California Showcase Camp in Costa Mesa was attended by 40 players interested in playing for Ducks. Horton said the players should be thankful to their parents or anyone else who got them there.

Welcoming the players, he said, “You guys are fortunate to be here. This camp is a luxury for you guys, and all part of today’s world in which there’s a wide buffet of baseball opportunities like camps and showcases … Make sure you thank your parents or the people who got you here.”

However, Horton cautioned them that most of them wouldn’t play for the Ducks or in the desirable Pac-12 Conference.

But even those who wouldn’t be able to play Division I baseball, would get a plenty of good opportunities to play Division II, Division III or NAIA programs.

All the players who attended the camp have solid skills. Thus they will be able to play college baseball somewhere, if they wish. Orange Coast baseball coach John Altobelli’s son J.J. Altobelli played shortstop at Oregon for nearly three years before being eventually drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals.

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