Solano heads to Puerto Rico to play ball

WHS baseball player to participate in International tourney

Adrian Solano (right) takes a break from practice with Coach Johnny Hatcher. Solano heads to Puerto Rico Saturday to compete in the Coast to Coast baseball program tourney. Ryan Williams/WGCN

Adrian Solano (right) takes a break from practice with Coach Johnny Hatcher. Solano heads to Puerto Rico Saturday to compete in the Coast to Coast baseball program tourney. Ryan Williams/WGCN

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Williams High School baseball player Adrian Solano has received an extraordinary opportunity to play for the Coast to Coast Stars baseball program in Puerto Rico this summer.

The 17-year-old just finished his junior year of high school and will be leaving Saturday for one week of non-stop baseball in Puerto Rico. Solano will be playing two games a day for one week with his new team.

"This opportunity means a lot to our family," said Solano. "I can't wait to go down there and have fun, and play my favorite sport."

Solano was invited to Lake Havasu for a series of tryouts and was informed by the second session that he had made the team. Solano said he is not entirely sure how he was initially seen to have even been asked to tryout, but he couldn't be more grateful for this opportunity.

The versatile centerfielder estimates his batting average to be around .394 and feels his base running and base stealing are some of his best offensive strengths. Defensively, Solano excels at fielding and team play.

"I'll play any position they put me at," said Solano, referring to his current team at Williams High and his new team, the Coast to Coast Stars.

The league Solano will be playing in is made up of 16 to 18-year-olds from all around the country. This is a great way to further develop young talented athletes, and for scouts to catch a glimpse of perhaps the next batch of rising stars. The week of play is tournament style so a winner will emerge.

This will be Solano's first trip to Puerto Rico and he is looking forward to having some additional time to sightsee and enjoy the island as a whole. Solano also intends on playing college ball once he graduates high school next spring and a chance like this will only aid him in his quest to reach his goals.

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