Great article on Oregon State University's national championship (A perfect finish!, June 27). I hadn't heard who had made the All-Tournament team until I read your article.

It's tough leaving a couple of Beavers off the team, but the one who stands out is second baseman Chris Kunda. He didn't swing the bat well, but his defensive effort was unbelievable. Most young players would not have kept their mental toughness when one aspect of their game wasn't going well. He showed a mental toughness that you don't see on the professional level, let alone college. He made spectacular plays, one after another, and by doing so kept his team in the game.

I think it's a discredit to him because there are two phases for a player to excel in that make him the player he is, and he didn't allow one to overtake the other.

Go, Beavers! Oh, thought I'd mention that being from South Dakota makes it look as if I'm jumping on the bandwagon, but in all actuality I have a very good friend who works for OSU sports. So through our friendship, I've become a Beaver Nation fan, and it was great being able to cheer them on last year and this year.

Danny J. McDowell

Dakota Dunes, S.D.

OSU baseball makes entire state proud

The Beaver baseball team and their coaches have made the whole state of Oregon proud.

They have shown great spirit in getting back after a first-round loss, and we are behind them to the end! Their demeanor on and off the field has also made OSU grads proud, and it has gone a long way to make up for the misbehavior of some of the football players.

I hope the athletic department takes advantage of the skills of coach Pat Casey in player selection and standards.

Margaret Anderson

Lake Oswego

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