July 2022 Athlete of the Month
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
- Winston Churchill
What a summer for the Braintree American 10 year olds. Not only did they win the state championship but they did it in dramatic fashion, winning three come from behind games in the process. It was a full team effort but I think one player seemed to be at the centerpiece of these victories. He either came up clutch with a hit or pitched well for his team. Brayton Becker was one of the best players in both the state and regional tournament. Congratulations to Brayton, our July Athlete of the Month.
Last year as a 9 year old bandit, Brayton was a big factor in his team going undefeated and winning the New England AAU championship. He batted second in the lineup and played stellar defense in the outfield. This year he added pitching to his game and throughout aau and town baseball he was excellent on the bump. Bill Berman, his 10u AAU coach, said “Brayton is extremely coachable, a great teammate; playing for his boys. He is an outstanding competitor who loves to play the game for the name on his front and for his family name on the back of the jersey. His future is very bright. He is a better kid than player and desires to be great in everything he does. He is a perfect example on how to carry oneself on and off the field. Congrats on this well-deserved honor and on a fantastic baseball season. Hard work always pays off.”
This summer as his Braintree American 10 year old battled, Brayton was involved every step of the way. During the state regionals versus Taunton, Brayton stepped to the plate down one with a man at first in extra innings. With two strikes he sent a ball to the left center gap scoring Coleman Clancy from first. Brayton also pitched 4 innings in relief to secure the win for Braintree. In the Northeast Regional tournament after winning the states, it was stated to me by multiple people that Brayton Becker was the best player at the tournament. Brayton stepped up big for his team and his town all summer long. It is no doubt that he will continue to do this throughout his career. Rick Donovan, his summer coach, said about Brayton “a great competitor and extremely clutch under pressure, a team first kid. He is an absolute pleasure to coach. Brayton pitched 3 innings of flawless relief in extra innings of the sectional finals along with driving in the tying run with 2 outs and 2 strikes on him to get us to the state finals. Then in the semifinals he pitched a gem and came thru again with a hit and scored the winning run. All summer Brayton delivered and the reason we ended up in the New England Finals. He pitched a combined no hitter with Aiden Crisman to get us into the New England Final.”
What impresses me the most is Brayton is always listening and always smiling. He loves what he does and that is why he is so successful. Believing in yourself and loving what you do should be everyone’s motto.
Thanks Brayton for a fun summer and congrats on your award!
One of your biggest fans,