The Diamond Down Under
If you have been around the baseball diamond here at San Dimas in the past three years, then you could not have missed up and coming baseball star Daniel Millwee. The junior catcher had 16 runs, a batting average of .349, and an on base percentage of .494 last season, which is pretty impressive.
Millwee spent his winter break in Australia this year, but it was far from a vacation. All but two of the days in the “land down under” were spent on the field in a red and black baseball uniform.
Daniel was invited through Scout Ball Summer to spend two and a half weeks in Australia. The only catch, he would be going alone.
“It was pretty hard to stay motivated without my parents support there,” Millwee said. “It was blessed by staying with some really nice host families though.”
The high school student was bounced around to three different host families on the journey: The Macleods, the Pickards, and the Ridgen. The families seemed very excited to have him there, and he made lasting relationships with them.
The weather was very different than the winter Daniel was expecting here. It was actually summer there, so the games were played in the very, very hot sun. he amazing experience was worth all of the sweat though.
Millwee’s baseball career does not stop in Australia however. This past week, Daniel put back on his Saint jersey to try and help the school win another CIF title in baseball.
“This season, we can go as far as our ability will take us, but only if we work hard,” Millwee said of his team’s chances this season.
Daniel hopes to make baseball a part of his life forever. His goals this season are to make the All League and All CIF teams and eventually he would love to go pro. He has made a step in the right direction already by verbally committing to San Diego State on a full baseball scholarship.
When asked if he could play for any pro team, without hesitation he answered, “The Angles.”
In a letter to the organization, Daniel wrote, “This truly was an experience of a lifetime, and I want to thank God, my family, friends, coaches, and Bob for giving me this incredible experience.”
*To read more about Daniel Millwee’s experience in Australia, visit http://goodwillseries.org/ to read his letter to the organization. (Hyperlink online) *