Nick Decker’s summer included running around the bases at Yankee Stadium.
“It was crazy,” Decker recalled.
The senior-to-be at Seneca High School hit a home run at the iconic ballpark earlier this month while playing for a Northeast regional team affiliated with a Yankees scout.
“It was to right-center,” Decker said about his shot in the Bronx. “It was cool.”
When he was rounding second base, a friend on the other team, who was playing shortstop, congratulated him on the homer in baseball’s marquee showplace.
“I was just thinking of all the players that played there, it was a lot to take in, it was a lot of fun,” Decker said.
Decker, who is the cousin of Dylan Decker, a star baseball player at Bishop Eustace, has enjoyed a fun summer, including playing in the prestigious Perfect Game All-American Classic on the San Diego Padres’ home field.
“It was just an unbelievable experience to play with the top kids in the country,” Decker said about the televised game at Petco Park. “It was just neat to be playing baseball all summer long
The sturdy 6-foot and 200-pounder started his summer tour by attending the PG National Showcase in Fort Myers, Florida.
“That was basically a tryout for the All-American game in San Diego,” Nick said.
Then, from Aug. 1 to 4, he went to the East Coast Pro tournament in Tampa Bay.
“Our team was from the Northeast and was with the Texas Rangers,” Nick said. “We played against other areas.”
Then he went to Long Beach, California from Aug. 5 to 10th to play with the Northeast Yankees.
“They are scout teams,” Decker explained about being affiliated with the Rangers and Yankees. “They are run by one of their scouts.”
Then he played in the Perfect Game All-American Classic on August 13th in San Diego.
Playing in the game marks Decker as one of the top 50 high school players in the country, but he also benefited from spending a weekend visiting Rady Children’s Hospital.
“It was an awesome experience, it was just a lot of fun to be able to hang out with them,” Decker said. “We were able to help them make their day.”
Indeed, Decker received much more out of the experience than just playing elite level baseball.
“It is more than a game,” Decker said.
Decker went 0-for-2 in the game for the East squad, a 6-1 loss to the West.
“It was a lot of fun,” Nick said about the game. “Then a week later, when we came home, we played at Fenway and Yankee Stadium.”
Decker played against the Red Sox scout team in Boston. He took aim at the Green Monster.
“I hit one off the wall in batting practice,” Decker said.
Decker, who bats left and throws left and plays the outfield, is appreciative of his family's support.
“I wouldn’t be there without my parents,” Decker said. “They made a lot of sacrifices for me.”
Nick is the son of David and Stacy and they live in Southampton.
“They basically were able to go to all the games,” said Decker, who has a sister, Gianna, in college.
Decker will play in a tournament in Jupiter, Florida in October.
“It is basically the last part of this whole summer circuit,” Decker said. “It is basically the last big event.”
Decker won’t change his approach, grinding each at-bat is how he reached this level.
“I just got to keep working hard and never be satisfied and just keep doing what I am doing,” Decker said. “Just keep working hard each day.”
Decker committed to the University of Maryland, however he is looking forward to the Major League Baseball draft in June.
“That has always been a dream,” Decker said.
Well, it has been a dream summer for Decker, especially hitting the homer at Yankee Stadium.
“It was awesome,” Decker said, “it was unbelievable.”