Former #FSWBaseball Catcher To Participate In Euro Baseball Championship

Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson
Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Former Florida SouthWestern and current Elon University catcher Hayden Platt will travel to Austria and the Czech Republic as a member of the Great Britain baseball team at the 2017 U23 European Championship in August.

The tournament features 16 nations placed in four groups of four. Great Britain's group (Group B) also includes Austria, Spain and Poland. The British side will begin play in Weis, Austria against the Austrian team on August 7 before facing Poland on August 8 and Spain on August 9.

A top-two group finish is needed to qualify for the quarterfinals. The teams advancing from Group B will be matched with Group A's advancing squads. Group A includes Belarus, Croatia, Netherlands and Russia. All games after the group stage will be played in the Czech Republic.

The other side of the bracket is made up of Groups C and D. Group C consists of France, Georgia, Germany and Slovakia. Group D is made up of teams from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Ukraine.

The stakes are high at the U23 European Championship as a gold or silver medal is required to qualify for the 2018 U23 Baseball World Cup. Platt and his teammates will look to bring home Great Britain's first medal since a runner-up showing at the 2007 European Championship.

Platt, the lone player on Great Britain's squad to be making his National Team debut, was a third-team All-CAA selection after his first season at Elon. The rising senior hit .311 with 17 runs scored, nine doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBI during the 2016 campaign. In conference play, Platt was second in the Colonial Athletic Association with a .391 batting average.

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The Florida SouthWestern State College athletic program is a member of the Florida College System Athletic Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Buccaneers are one of 25 schools in the NJCAA Region 8 and are one of six schools in the Suncoast Conference. Florida SouthWestern State College currently supports four intercollegiate athletic programs (Baseball, Softball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball).

Baseball and Softball began their regular season competition in 2016 at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Located on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus in Fort Myers is the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena (completed in fall 2016), where FSW’s men’s and women’s basketball teams compete.

The movement to form a unique sports association dedicated to America’s two-year colleges arose in 1937 when several track and field coaches gathered in Fresno, California. A year later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rejected a petition from 13 two-year colleges in California to grant their teams and athletes permission to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.

In the spring of 1938, following the NCAA’s rejection, those same 13 two-year colleges gathered again in Fresno to organize and form an association that would promote and supervise a national athletics program exclusively for junior and community colleges…and the rest is history.

On May 14, 1938, the first constitution of the National Junior College Athletic Association was accepted by its charter members and the organization held its first national championship event a year later in May 1939.

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FSW is in Region 8 and is joined by ASA College Miami (Region 8 only; non-FCSAA member), Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Gulf Coast State College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Miami Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Pensacola State College, Polk State College, Santa Fe College, Seminole State College of Florida, South Florida State College, St. Johns River State College, St. Petersburg College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and Tallahassee Community College.

The Bucs are also in the Suncoast Conference with Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota.

The women’s basketball program is Southern Conference with Broward College, Eastern Florida State College, Indian River State College, Miami Dade College and Palm Beach State College.

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