Tigard's own World Series hero
Trevor Nix helps lead Murrayhill to the U.S. title game at the Little League World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Tigard's Trevor Nix is not your prototypical World Series hero.
Nix, 13 and ready to start his eighth-grade year at Fowler Middle School, is charitably listed in the Little League World Series' media guide at 5-foot-1 and 93 pounds.
Yet World Series hero is just what Nix, a catcher, second baseman and pitcher for the Murrayhill Little League Majors all-stars, turned into on Saturday. With his Murrayhill team trailing Georgia's Columbus Northern Little League 3-0 in the U.S. Championship game at Lamade Stadium, Nix made his play for the spotlight.
With Georgia's edge narrowed to 3-2 on Austin Perry's RBI single, Nix stepped to the plate with two outs and his team's Series' dreams on life support. But Nix made sure his team didn't flatline just yet.
He caught up to a J.T. Phillips fastball and launched a long, high home run to left field that also brought Perry home to tie the game at 3-3.
'At first I thought I got a little under it, and then when I rounded first, I saw that the left fielder had stopped running so I knew it was gone,' Nix said.
In this case, Nix's heroics didn't carry the day - Georgia answered with one run in the top of the fifth and added three in the sixth to pull away and win 7-3, but nonetheless, Nix had etched his name in the Little League World Series record books.
'That was right up there at the top with all of the top moments our team has had,' Murrayhill manager Jeff Keller said of Nix's homer. 'For him, I think it was probably No. 1.'
Nix and his teammates eventually finished the Series in a third-place tie with Mexico after the two teams' Sunday contest was canceled due to rain in Williamsport.
For the tournament as a whole Nix batted .273 (fourth-best on his team), going 3-for-11 with two RBIs and two runs scored. He also performed well at catcher, totaling 29 putouts, three assists and one error.
Nix became a student at Fowler last year (he previously attended Imlay Elementary in Hillsboro) when his family began building a new home in Tigard close to Fowler. Though he's scheduled to start the new school year at Fowler on Sept. 7, Nix is not yet sure exactly when he and his family will finally move in to their new home.
'It's supposed to be done by Christmas, but we have no idea what's going on with it because it's been so long since we've been home,' Nix said.
Nix and his Murrayhill teammates began their all-star run by winning the District 4 tournament, followed up with an Oregon state title in Ashland, then flew south to win the Northwest regional tournament in San Bernardino, Calif. Because the team flew immediately from San Bernardino to Williamsport for the World Series, many of the Murrayhill players' families haven't been home since Aug. 2.
To say that the summer of 2006 has been a whirlwind ride for Nix would be a massive understatement. A member of the 12-year-old Honors team for Murrayhill Little League last year, Nix stepped his game up in 2006 and was rewarded with a berth on the Murrayhill Majors all-star team and eventually, a prominent role in the World Series.
'It's been a long summer. I haven't been home much,' he said. 'But it's been worth it.'