MASON, Ohio – Nick Northcut always had a great deal of pride in putting on the Mason High School baseball uniform the past four years.
So when he returned to the area last week, the Boston Red Sox minor-league infielderwanted to make an impact upon others.
He gave some instructional tips to Mason baseball players on Sept. 12, and then he spent time at the Mason Youth Organization (MYO) Challenger League’sannual fall clinic, helping the high school baseball and softball teams with operation of the event.
— Curt Bly (@CoachCBly) September 12, 2018
The Challenger Leagueoffers boys and girls with physical and developmental challenges the opportunity to participate in an organized game of baseball. The most fundamental goal of the Challenger Division is to give everyone a chance to play.
Northcut was involved with the league during his time in high school and was happy to help.
“He’s a really great guy,” Mason Challenger League President Susan Murdock said. “He is really good with the kids.”
Named the Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year during the 2018 high school baseball season, Northcut was selected in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball Draft in early June. Gatorade made a donation in July of $1,000 to the Challenger League on behalf of Northcut.
That donation helped with the Ohio Jamboree.
“Nick has always been about serving others and giving back to his community,” Mason Comet's baseball coach Curt Bly said. “His heart for the Challenger kids has been an inspiration and I wasn’t at all surprised that he made the generous donation he did.”
After playing for the Lowell Spinners this past season, Northcut helped lead the Comets to the Division I state semifinals.
Northcut, ranked the No. 17 prospect in the Boston farm system according to MLB.com, is expected to start instructional league play Sept. 21.
Mason (26-6) earned its first trip to the state baseball tournament since 1987 when it was the Class AA state runner-up. The Comets were regional champions, district champions, sectional champions and Greater Miami Conference champions this spring.
“We are changing the culture here at Mason,” Northcut said in June. “It’s my goal the past four years to try to change it. To make Mason a well-known team in the state who has an opportunity to go to the state championship as often as possible. There is going to be teams behind us – younger generations – that will follow in our footsteps. and hopefully get back here soon.”