Friday, April 13, 2012
Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the Week
By Harold Abend
Silva had five RBIs in Fresno Easter Classic championship.
Scrappy second baseman leads Clovis West to tourney title and shows how it’s done in the field, at the plate and in class.
When Scott Silva from Clovis West of Fresno steps onto a baseball field for a high school game, the Eagles’ second baseman usually isn’t one of the biggest guys around.
But don’t tell that to rival Clovis, the team that took out Clovis West from last year’s CIF Central Section Division I playoffs.
In the title game of the Fresno High Easter Baseball Classic last week against Clovis, and after the Golden Eagles had outscored their previous four tournament opponents by a combined 34-0, Silva and his team made a statement in an 8-2 victory.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior blasted a two-run home run to blow it open in the fifth inning, and then finished off the Cougars with a two-run single in the sixth. He even came on in relief to get the save.
For his five-RBI game, performances in the tournament and all season, and for academic excellence, Silva has been named the ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the Week.
“They (Clovis) came inside with a fastball and I turned it around pretty good,” Silva said. “They weren’t too happy, but they knocked us out last year and it’s always good to get a little redemption.
“Some people overlook me because I’m small, but I have a lot of power,” continued Silva the morning after going 1-for-3 in a 4-2 victory on Tuesday at Fresno Clovis North.
So far this season, and prior to the Clovis North game, “Silly” or “Scooter”, or “Scotty” as Golden Eagles’ coach Kevin Patrick calls him, was hitting .369 with two homers, six doubles, 22 RBIs, 16 runs scored, and six steals. He also had the one save with a 1.62 ERA as a pitcher, and he had only made two errors for the 19-3 team (going into a Friday game with Clovis North) all season.
“You look at him and he’s not the biggest guy, but he’s got pretty good pop for a so-called little guy, and he has a lot of tools; runs well, good arm, good fielder. He plays a lot bigger than he is,” said Patrick, the fifth year Clovis West coach and son of Clovis coach James Patrick.
“Scotty’s always been able to hit the fastball, but this season he’s really matured as a hitter. He’s worked really hard in the cage.”
Teammates and goals this season
Like most honorees, Silva wanted to mention his two best buddies on the team, who happen to be fellow co-captains, UC Santa Barbara-bound Ryan Clark and Vanderbilt-bound Tyler Ferguson.
“I’ve played my entire life with Ryan and Tyler. Little League, All-Stars, middle school, travel ball and high school. We hang out together every day.
“My personal goals are to keep my numbers up, make first team all (Tri-River) conference and all Valley, but it’s more about the team not individuals and getting the job done, winning conference and Valley.”
Scott’s father, Randy Silva, who operates a commercial lighting business, played football and baseball at Fresno Hoover and later in college.
It’s family lore as to whether his mother, Cherie Silva, who helps her husband run the business, was actually an athlete. “She tries to say she played sports,” chuckled her youngest son.
Scott’s older brother, 21-year old Sean Silva, played baseball at Clovis West and is currently playing at Fresno City College.
Although the 3.3 overall GPA (4.0 last semester) student-athlete previously committed to St. Mary’s, he’s had a change of heart.
“I wasn’t sure if it was the right place for me. Right now, I’m looking at USF and Fresno State,” said Silva, who will study either business or kinesiology. “If I do business, I might take over my dad’s business, or I’d like to become a professional sports trainer, unless I realize my dream of playing professionally. I’ve dreamt of that since I started playing baseball.”
Best advice from a coach
“Baseball is a mental game. If you think positive, positive things will happen.”
Team and Player: “The Yankees and Derek Jeter. I’ve loved him from day one.”
Baseball movie: “The Rookie. Awesome.”
Music: “On an everyday basis, I like country, keep it easy, but before games I play some rap to get it going.”
Vacation spot: “I’ve been to Italy and that wasn’t that great, maybe Paris.”
Things Scott looks forward to in college
“Playing at the next level of baseball, seeing the competition, meeting new people, college life, living on my own, becoming a man and starting my own life.”
Advice for youngsters at the baseball camps
“I try to have answers for all their questions, but the one thing I try to tell them that they don’t always understand at that age is that school is the number one most important thing if you want to get anywhere in life.”
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