The Meridian Star
Every youth leaguer dreams of being a Major League Baseball player. In Tuesday's Cardinals-Mets game, 8-year-old Trace Roy swung the bat and flashed some leather that looked like a glimpse into the future.
“People think I'm a drill sergeant, but I'm really not,” Wes Roy, his father, said. “He's blessed with ability, I've helped define a little bit of it … the way he loves [the game], he's picked it right up.”
In the second inning of the Northeast Rookie League game, Trace cleared the bases – including himself – with an inside the park home run.
“I swung level and kept my eye on the ball,” Trace Roy said of his hit.
In the fourth, the Cardinals' shortstop made a stellar catch on a popup in the infield for the second out. He tripling in the fifth inning. He also applied a tag at second for a key out during a Mets rally.
The Cardinals went on to win, 19-5 in five innings.
Trace insists on playing catch with his dad when not in uniform, but also credits his skills to the Cardinals coaching staff.
“I don't have to motivate him at all, he motivates me,” Wes Roy said.
His father said Trace is a born athlete, as he also plays youth football and soccer.
Football might be his favorite sport to play, but Trace looks up to the Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones because “he plays hard and tried hard, and is a switch hitter,” an ability he's working on.
Trace started playing baseball at 4-years-old. When he was born, Wes told his wife, Stacie, he hoped their son would be an athlete like himself.
“Since the time he's been old enough to pick up a ball, he was eaten up with it,” Wes Roy said.