|Deyten Klein enjoys Baseball Factory experience in Omaha|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Holyoke High School baseball player Deyten Klein recently returned from Baseball Factory’s Omaha National World Series in Omaha, Neb. The HHS Dragon spent June 22-27 in Omaha honing his ball skills while also getting a look at how things are done at the next level.
Klein, who said he was sort of the hometown kid, was a pitcher and first baseman for his Sea Wolves team. When asked what a Sea Wolf is, Klein said he doesn’t have a clue.
Even though he had to travel about eight hours, Klein said that wasn’t anything compared to some of his teammates. Others on the roster came from Arizona, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, Mississippi, Texas, California, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois.
Baseball Factory schedules two camps in Omaha during the annual College World Series tournament. Klein and his team were given the opportunity to sit through one of the games in their free time.
During the first couple of days, the team got to know each other during practices. Klein said the entire experience was eye-opening. The drills weren’t new but the pace and the way things were run were. He caught a glimpse of how things are done at the collegiate level and higher.
“It was very helpful,” Klein said of the entire experience. “There was a lot of stuff that I learned and a lot of stuff that will help me throughout the season next year.”
Klein scoops up a ball at first base during a game at the Omaha National World Series.
While there, the teams were also given the opportunity to work with a major league strength coach as well as recruiters to find out what they are looking for when scouting for college talent.
When the teams weren’t playing games in the round robin tournament, they were practicing, Klein said.
The right-hander was given the chance to pitch in two games for his team. He threw for two innings in the first game and did not give up a run. He was on the mound for three innings during his team’s final game and only gave up one run.
Another area of his game he was proud of was batting. He said he never struck out while at the plate.
When he wasn’t pitching, Klein was at first base. This wasn’t the original plan but the team’s first baseman injured his shoulder while sliding into second base earlier in the week.
In all, Klein’s team finished with a 2-3 record and fifth place overall. There were eight teams participating in the tournament.
Games were played at Saint Alberts High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs; and at Werner Park in Omaha.
Deyten Klein prepares to bolt to second base during a game in Omaha two weeks ago. After participating in an Under Armour tryout earlier this year, he was chosen to participate in Baseball Factory’s National World Series in Omaha.
The HHS Dragon said he knows he’s not the best player around, but is grateful for the experience that taught him so much and opened his eyes to the game he loves.
The soon-to-be HHS senior was quick to praise his local coaches—HHS coach Kyle Bules and his pitching coach Marcus Kammer. He is also very grateful to the many generous donors who helped him make this dream a reality. Having raised more money than needed to attend the camp, he is donating $500 back to the HHS baseball program.
After his upcoming HHS graduation in 2013, Klein plans to continue playing ball at the collegiate level and hopes this experience will help him reach that goal.
As for now, Klein will finish out the season playing for the Bombers and complete a long toss program that he was given in Omaha. He hopes this program will help him increase his speed moving into his senior baseball season.
Holyoke Enterprise June 5, 2012