By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Silvano Tarango might be playing his last season of baseball for the Enid Majors this summer.
Tarango’s current plans are to attend Northern Oklahoma College Stillwater as a student only.
But he might be wavering a bit as he’s leading the Majors in hitting with a .430 average.
“It’s getting harder to give it up because I’m having so much fun this summer,’’ said the recent Hennessey High School graduate.
He hasn’t had any offers, but could walk on at NOC Tonkawa or NOC Enid. He decided to go to NOC Stillwater because he had some friends going there.
“I’m going to be roommates with them,’’ he said.
“It could happen,’’ he said with a smile about his baseball future. “Right now, I just want to enjoy it and try to get the best season out of me.’’
Tarango’s ambition is to be a coach and physical education teacher. He has played baseball since he started in T-ball as a 4-year-old.
“I just love baseball,’’ Tarango said. “That’s pretty much it.’’
Tarango hit close to .400 at Hennessey this spring, but hit close to .500 as a junior.
“I was hitting pretty good in school ball,’’ he said. “I’m seeing the ball and hitting it. When you start hitting it, you gain confidence. I’m not doing anything different. I’m more relaxed.’’
He said his expectations have risen as his average goes up.
“I’m not thinking about hitting .400,’’ Tarango said. “I’m really just trying to get on base every time. I’m a contact hitter. I don’t have much power. I just put the ball in play.’’
The love he has for the game is exhibited by his enthusiasm.
“There’s nothing more fun than hitting a baseball,’’ he said. “That’s the favorite part of my game.’’
Tarango is the lone Eagle on the roster. He hadn’t played in the Enid program before, so he had an adjustment period. He missed last summer with an injury.
“It was hard at first,’’ he said, “but once you get to know everyone, it’s easier. When you travel as much as we do, you bond together and everyone becomes closer.’’
However, Tarango missed the team’s trip to Nebraska for the College World Series because he was working on some college stuff.
He had a major incentive when he came out for the Majors. He had never played at David Allen Memorial Ballpark before, but wanted to follow in the footsteps of older brother Richie, who played for the Majors in 2007.
“I wanted to be like him ever since then,’’ he said. “It puts a little pressure on me because the other coaches loved him. They are always talking about him. It’s a lot of fun. I love playing here. It’s the best ballpark I’ve ever played in.’’
Tarango has enjoyed playing for Majors coach Chris Jensen.
“I like him,’’ he said. “He’s a good coach.’’
Tarango’s bat and glove have helped the Majors to a 24-13 record, although they have lost their last three games, all to the Bartlesville Doegnes Ford Indians (13-7, 10-8 and 10-4.
“We just have to put that behind us,’’ he said, “and get ready for Bartlesville (Glen Winget Invitational which begins Thursday afternoon).
The Majors are the defending tournament champions. The Bartlesville Tournament has traditionally been one of the measuring sticks of Enid’s summer season.
“I’m excited about it,’’ Tarango said. “We get to stay over in a hotel and play. It’s fun.’’
Tarango’s favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals. His favorite player is the Cardinals’ Allen Craig, although Tarango admits he doesn’t have Craig’s power.
He said he likes Enid’s chances for the rest of the season.
“I haven’t had a most memorable moment yet,’’ Tarango said. “I hope it’s coming up. I’m ready for the state (Connie Mack) tournament (July 17-21at David Allen). I hope we can come up and win it.’’