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Prep Spotlight: Anthony Saieed

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J.H. Rose player Anthony Saieed, (#2) pitches during a game against Whiteville Monday, April 2, 2018.

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Anthony Saieed is a talented baseball player with a nose for work. High school preps writer Jake Keator caught up Saieed to talk about his time as a member of the J.H. Rose baseball team. 

Q: When did you first fall in love with baseball?

A: “It was definitely when I was playing in little league with coach Eric Jarman (for Jarman Auto Sales). He was one of the best coaches I've ever had. He really pushed me to be better.”

Q; Was there a point in your playing career so far where you thought that you had a special talent that can push you to the next level?

A: I think it was in my sophomore summer. I was playing with the Dirtbags showcase and travel team and I started getting some smaller offers. I think that was when I really started to think I had something special. 

Q: Ronald Vincent is a baseball icon in eastern North Carolina. What was it like working with him in high school?

A: RV really pushed me to be better both on and off the field. He really knew what I was capable of. He was the reason we won games.

Q: What is one aspect of your game that you think improved the most during your high school years?

A: “It has to be my hitting. I was barely hitting it out of the infield in little league and now I’m hitting it over the fence in high school. It really has grown a lot.”

Q: A lot of kids would call it quits on sports during their summers off, what makes you want to keep working in the summer playing with American Legion Post 39?

A: I really just want to stay healthy. With Post 39 I’m getting the chance to play with my coaches who will be with me at PCC. They are really helping me become the best player I can be. 

Q: What is going to be your favorite memory of playing at Rose?

A: “I think it’s when I was a sophomore and I got pulled up to varsity. I ended up starting over a junior, and I hit a double that won us the game in the state playoffs.”

Q: What has your family been like over the course of you playing baseball?

A: “They have been so supportive it’s almost annoying. Just kidding, but really they have always helped me out by offering to buy me gloves and bats, throw with me and coming to all of my games. They have been really supportive.”

Contact Jake Keator at 252-329-9594 or jkeator@reflector.com and follow @JakeKeatorDR on twitter.

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