Gabriel Anaya isn’t sure if he’s going to be playing baseball in a few months, but it’s certainly a part of his immediate future.
Anaya, who graduated from Tucumcari High School earlier this month, was the only senior on the Rattler baseball squad. Likewise, he’s the only representative in this weekend’s North-South All-Star Class 1A/2A baseball series, taking place this weekend at Sandia Prep High School in Albuquerque.
The players who arrive will be divided into teams Friday afternoon, then play each other at 5 p.m. The series will conclude Saturday, with games at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Anaya was selected for the contest as a pitcher, but said, “there are a lot of guys there, so I’ll probably be playing all around.”
After the Rattlers were upset by Clayton 6-1 in the district tournament, Anaya was pretty sure he had played high school baseball for the last time.
“I was surprised,” said Anaya, who played second base for the Rattlers as well. “We didn’t make it past district, and usually if you don’t make it past there, people don’t get nominated.”
Anaya and junior Matt Smith were the top two pitchers in the Rattler rotation. Anaya said he didn’t mind playing second base, but he preferred his time on the mound.
“I like pitching,” he said. “You just feel like you have more control over the game.”
Baseball will continue for at least another weekend following the North-South series. Anaya is trying out for Luna Community College’s baseball team. He made it through the first round of cuts and is going back for another look June 11.
Anaya, who hasn’t chosen a major, said he will go to Luna if he makes the team and New Mexico Highlands University if he doesn’t.