Former Puyallup High School outfielder Matt Becker shined during the National Baseball Congress World Series tournament this summer.
Becker, who plays for the Seattle Studs of the Pacific International League, batted .409 with four RBIs in six games during the tournament. The Studs beat the Wellington Heat 5-1 in the championship game on Aug. 10 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kan., and finished 6-0 overall.
It’s the first time in the Studs won the NBC World Series. They finished second in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
“It felt great to get Barry Aden (Seattle Studs), our manager, his first-ever championship,” Becker said. “He had finished in second place four times — three times with the Studs and once with the Everett Merchants. It was an awesome feeling getting that done for him. He has given so much to us and the game.
“We did three things this year that no other team in Studs history has ever done,” Becker said. “We won a World Series, went undefeated at the World Series and made it to the World Series in back-to-back seasons.”
Puyallup High School baseball head coach Marc Wiese, who was an assistant with the Studs and coached Becker during his high school years from 2010-12, said Becker came through at the right time.
“Matt Becker was right in the running for World Series MVP,” Wiese said. “He had an amazing series. He had three go-ahead hits, and his RBI single to tie the game in the semifinals in the ninth inning was huge.
“Every time he had an opportunity to do something big, he did it,” Wiese added. “It was a joy for me seeing him have that kind of success on this kind of stage in front of 10,000 people.”
Becker said the Studs weren’t loaded with talent but relied on intestinal fortitude.
“We didn’t have a lot of guys who could step up and hit home runs,” he said. “We prided ourselves on being able to consistently dig down deep within ourselves to find a way to win.”
Becker spent this spring at Western Nevada College but has since transferred to Edmonds Community College, where he plans to play his sophomore season next year.
Wiese believes Becker will move on from there following his sophomore year.
“I know Matt will play at a really great (NCAA) Division I program one day,” Wiese said. “He has been a clutch performer his whole baseball career. He is a 19-year-old young man who proved himself this summer against a lot of good college players.”