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Pittsburg junior middle infielder Casey Threats III went to Florida going into his freshman season and saw the future he had in the game.
Threats was around some of the country’s top prep players Termarr Johnson, a junior gold medalist and USA Baseball alum, was there. So was another premier prospect in Andruw Jones.
“Those are really good players, and I was all down there with them,” Threats said. “I saw that I can hang with them, and I feel like I can play with those guys.”
At Pittsburg, Threats has shown he’s among the top high school baseball players.
In an abbreviated sophomore campaign in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the season, Threats notched a .357 batting average and one RBI in five games, including two performances with multiple hits against Mt. Eden and Oakland Tech while helping the Pirates to a 4-1 record.
This year, Threats is off to another strong start in Pittsburg’s 1-1 season. He’s a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate, as shown in a 10-1 rout of Freedom in the Bay Valley Athletic League opener when his performance was a key reason in the massive win.
Threats also drew two walks.
“It’s been, what, like a year?” Threats said. “It felt great to be out here with my brothers on our field and to get the W today.”
And Threats is excited about what this Pittsburg baseball team can accomplish this season.
“I feel great,” Threats said. “I have a lot of confidence in my team. We have some young guys that I’m really confident in them, and we’ve just got to keep chipping away. We’ve got to play every game, stay in the moment, onto the next.”
All of the success has Threats as a Division I commit, verbally committing to Grambling State to continue his baseball career at the next level.
Grambling State felt like the perfect home for Threats.
“I’m looking for a great coach, great coaching staff,” Threats said. “They’ve got something over there. They’ve got something they want to do. I’m looking for a family because I’m going to be far away from home, so I’m looking for some brothers.”
For the 2021 schedule, Threats hopes to continue the winning ways with his Pittsburg teammates and make some noise in the Bay Area.
“For myself, just to play hard every game and for the team just go out there and take some dubs,” Threats said.
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