Baseball: Red Wing’s Buck hits the road for summer ball
Even as he’s helping the Red Wing Aces at third base in the Section 1B playoffs, Ty Buck already had been tournament tested this summer.
While he’s had sporadic stints this summer with the Aces and the Red Wing Legion baseball team, Buck’s baseball exploits also took him back to Moraine, Ohio, to play with some of the country’s top prep players.
So getting to suit up in the Aces’ infield has actually given Buck a chance to relax.
“(Playing baseball) doesn’t get old,” Buck said, “but flying around and all that, I miss my family when I’m gone. It’s fun seeing my family and having them at the Aces games.”
In hopes of elevating his status as a prospect, Buck returned to Ohio to play for the Warhawks, one of the top under-18 traveling baseball teams in the country.
This past spring as a sophomore, Buck earned All-Conference, All-Section and All-Area honors after hitting for a .429 batting average with 24 hits, 18 RBI, six doubles and three home runs.
Last year, Buck was joined on the Warhawks’ roster with Wingers teammate Ryan Boldt. Buck is the only returning player from Red Wing, but it didn’t take too long for Buck to get back into the flow in Ohio.
“It was different this year not having a teammate like Ryan there, but there was four or five guys from last year’s team back for this summer,” Buck said. “The coaches brought in mostly all new guys, but we all got used to it and had a good time there.”
This summer with the Warhawks, Buck played in three tournaments across three states: Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. And in that span, Buck got a taste of the college baseball atmosphere.
“Our coach knows everybody, so we got to Tennessee and we practice at (the University of) Memphis. We hit three times there every day before we played,” Buck said. “We also played at Wright State (Ohio) for one tournament.”
Playing as a shortstop and a pitcher during the high school season, Buck got a completely different experience with the Warhawks, playing in the outfield. For Buck, he was up for anything as long as it got him on the field.
“I’ve always played in the infield throughout my life, so it was definitely a transition going from the infield to the outfield,” Buck said. “Probably 60 percent of the games were in the outfield, then the rest was at third base and pitching. I liked playing in the outfield, but it was different and took some time getting used to.”
In working with the Warhawks this summer, Buck worked on his changeup and curveball on the mound, while fine-tuning his approach at the plate by keeping his weight back in order to drive the ball.
“The coaching there is great and it’s helped me out a lot,” Buck said.
While he’s gotten some time to enjoy playing at home, Buck’s baseball whirlwind is far from over.
On Friday, Buck will be playing in the Minnesota Twins showcase at Target Field. Then on Sunday, he flies out to California to play in the Perfect Game Underclass All-American Games, taking place Monday and Tuesday at the University of San Diego.
Buck will cap off his play with the Warhawks at the World Wood Bat Association World Championship Oct. 24-28 in Jupiter, Fla. Buck played at the wood bat tournament last year and remembers seeing the droves of college and pro scouts.
“Last year, there was 80 scouts all watching around the field on golf carts. The tournament is one of the best in the world,” Buck said. “The scouts there are nuts.”
Whether it’s’ Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, California or Florida, it’s all part of Buck’s summer of baseball.