Beau Sylvester knows the long way around the baseball diamond well.
That’s why a road trip with his 6-year-old brother, Gage, and 77-year-old grandfather, Jim, was the sweet spot of all journeys this fall. Sylvester, an outfielder-catcher at Kamehameha, gave his support crew a thrill or two for the generations. He hit a home run and threw out a baserunner from the outfield, and finished 4-for-6 at the plate during Arizona Junior Fall Classic play with his teams, Team Hawaii and TB SoCal.
He also played in the SouthWest Wood Bat Classic with TB SoCal. There was also a mini-tournament in San Bernardino, Calif.
“I enjoy playing with the Hawaii boys just because everyone gets along with everyone. It’s a great experience to play with some of your best friends compared to jumping on a team you don’t know,” Sylvester said on Tuesday.
On deck is the Arizona Senior Fall Classic for Sylvester, who has scholarship offers from Hawaii and Portland (Ore.).
“I’ve been in contact with Northern Colorado and Grand Canyon University,” he added.
If it sounds like the voyage of a lifetime, Sylvester says it certainly is.
“My mom (Kapua) and dad (Mark) work crazy hard for me, especially my dad. He works long hours to be able to send me up here for five weeks. They didn’t have to do it, but they wanted me off the island and bettering myself since (Oahu) is closed,” he said. “To put a good showing out in the Junior and Senior Fall Classics, and it’s more than paid off. I’m super happy to have the support I have from them. Absolutely none of this would be possible with out them.”
Top 3 movies/shows
2. Django Unchained.
3. The Town.
Top 3 food/snack/drink
1. Country fried steak and gravy. “My grandpa makes this.”
2. Chicken katsu. “My grandpa makes this, too.”
3. 7-Up Cherry.
Top 3 music artists
1. Shoreline Mafia.
2. Polo G.
3. NBA YoungBoy.
Sylvester: “To my parents, and my grandpa for trooping along with me these past weeks.”