Alex Phillips took a trot around the bases while a thunderous applause came from a sea of green inside Phil Welch Stadium. Mason Janvrin and Brody Santilli surrounded home plate ready to embrace the first baseman.
Phillips had just hit the first homerun of the season for the Mustangs as the team faced the Jefferson City Renegades on Saturday, June 9th, Northwest Night.
“It was incredible. I can’t even describe it,” Phillips said of his first inning blast.
He wasn’t finished, returning to the plate in the third inning; Phillips sent another one over the fence.
It was just a matter of time before one left the stadium. Phillips has been a force at the plate this season, garnering MINK North All-Star honors and batting a team best .360 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs.
“I always try to be a consistent player day in and day out so Johnny (Coy) always knows what he is going to get from me, the coaches in college know what they are going to get from,” he said.
The transition from college ball to summer league can be daunting for any player. Phillips has made it look easy.
He is no stranger to new surroundings. Making sacrifices to achieve his dreams, Phillips has played baseball at three different universities in as many years during his college career.
“I have been on so many different teams that this is just another team,” he said. “This is just a great group of guys and they make me better every day.”
A native of Van Alstyne, Texas, Phillips has embraced the city of St. Joe and is making the most of his summer.
“I never could have imagined having this much fun playing summer ball especially in the heat of the Midwest,” he said.
The Mustang’s are more than just a baseball team. Over the course of the summer the organization is committed to improving their city and the surrounding communities by investing their time in noble causes.
The players will walk away from this season with more than improved baseball skills. Phillips enjoys creating personal relationship with those in need.
“It’s always good to get out in the community and help these kids and people who really need us,” he said.
Looking ahead to the second half of the season, Phillips is looking to bring the energy generated by the fans at Phil Welch to the road.
“Make sure when we go on the road we have the same intensity as we do at home,” he said.