Hingham baseball player featured on ESPN
Was part of Scott Van Pelt's 'Senior Night' segment on ‘SportsCenter'
By Hingham Current Staff, April 11, 2020
Winston Southworth received a surprise Monday night courtesy of ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Scott Van Pelt.
“What a great shout out for Winston! Thinking of all of the seniors too, “ said family friend Mary Ellen Jones.
Since the coronavirus pandemic halting or completely ending the athletic careers of many high school and college students - Van Pelt has used his nightly show to shine a light on seniors who may be missing out on their final games.
“I guess of all the college and high school athletes to choose my picture was pretty cool,” said Winston Southworth.
A few weeks ago, Southworth announced his commitment to play baseball for Endicott College. The 5-foot-11, 215 pound Southworth was rated as the No. 5 third baseman in New England by Prep Baseball Report.
“This lefty can RAKE!!!” commented Bob Niles who coached Southworth on the South Shore Seadogs for many years.
The high school senior’s stock was high with an impressive infield velocity of 78 mph and a lively bat with a tee exit velocity of 91 mph. Southworth also played first base.
Southworth’s baseball career began on a Hingham Little League diamond with his father Wayne Southworth, who spent countless hours, daily, doing everything from running the league as President to maintaining the fields to developing every player as a coach.
“Winston is very fortunate to have such a devoted Dad,” said Michelle Southworth.
The Current took note of Van Pelt's series and is localizing it, sharing the stories of Hingham teams and athletes who didn't get closure for their senior seasons due to the coronavirus outbreak.
You can share your own submissions (individuals or groups of seniors welcome) for this series at firstname.lastname@example.org. As many details, available photos and videos as possible are encouraged.