Tyson Jaquez to play baseball in Germany
By Weston Roberti
Perhaps one of the most known Loyalton High School alumni from the past four or five years, Tyson Jaquez will take advantage of an opportunity to extend the time he has to play the game of baseball by taking part in a professional baseball team in Germany called the Dohren Wild Farmers.
While professional baseball has been Jaquez’s career goal, during high school he also earned the All Feather River League honor twice in football and basketball as well as the team MVP in baseball, football and basketball his senior year. During his time at Loyalton High, Jaquez was selected four times for the All-Feather River League baseball award and was also named the MVP twice. In his sophomore and junior years of high school, Jaquez helped guide the LHS baseball team to back-to-back section titles. In his senior year of baseball, he won the triple crown (an unofficial championship title achieved by a player who is at the head of the league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in) batting .672 with 54 RBI and 17 home runs earning him all-section and all-state honors. He also led the Grizzlies to the sectional championship playoff game for a third consecutive year but LHS lost that year. Prior to graduating, Jaquez was selected by the Detroit Tigers to be apart of a “draft and follow” program, which meant that Jaquez could be called up to the Tigers if needed.
After high school, Jaquez decided to continue his education and went on to play one year of baseball at Western Nevada Community College in Carson City, Nevada. Following this introduction year of college baseball, Jaquez transferred to University of Nevada, Reno, to play catcher for his sophomore and junior year and the starting third baseman for his senior year.
Jaquez left yesterday, will return Oct. 12. The Dohren Wild Farmers are located about an hour away from Hamburg, Germany. There are thirteen other professional German teams in a two-division league, north and south.
The league that Jaquez will be playing in is the north division, which is called the “first German league.”
“I’m very excited to be playing again because baseball is what I love to do,” said Jaquez. He will be joining only one other American, who is from Fall River, and along with getting paid, will attempt to show MLB scouts that he is ready to take his game to the next level.
Last year four men who played in the league signed with Major League Baseball teams.