Former Eagle Daniel Sweet helped lead the NJCAA National Team to the semi-final game of the 80th annual National Baseball Congress World Series last week in Wichita, Kansas.
Although his team was eliminated in that contest, Sweet hit .294 in six games. He collected 5 hits, scored 6 runs, and had 2 RBI.
"It was truly an honor to be chosen to play for the National Team," said Sweet. "Playing in the NBC World Series was one of the most exciting experiences I've had. There was an insane number of fans who showed up at each game, and that made the tournament much more fun.
The NBC World Series features the top NJCAA baseball players from across the nation.
"It was great meeting other junior college players from different schools on the team," said Sweet. "We also had an excellent coaching staff. They didn't just have us show up and play in this tournament like it was an all-star game. Instead, they trained us for two weeks before the tournament and helped us improve our skills. It was exciting to see a coaching staff that not only on winning but also on our development as players."
Sweet credits Al Corbeil, Polk State's head baseball coach, for helping him make the National Team.
"I want to thank coach Al Corbeil because without him I wouldn't have gotten this great opportunity. He's been supporting me since I got to Polk State, and because of him I've had the success that I've had."
Sweet, a First Team All-America, had a .411 average in 2014 with 45 RBIs and a team-high 30 stolen bases for Polk State. He also earned the 2014 FCSAA/NJCAA State Player of the Year award.
"What a phenomenal year for Daniel, to play in the championship game of the state tournament, be selected as an All-American, play in the Cape Cod league, get drafted by the Texas Rangers, and culminate his summer by playing for the NJCAA National Team," said Corbeil.
"Daniel is one of the hardest working players I've ever coached, and I'm glad to see his hard work open up all of these doors for him. I know he had an incredible experience with National Team and I couldn't be happier to have had Daniel represent Polk State and the NJCAA in the NBC World Series."