T-shirt helps Hinsdale South grad Mayberry find Hounds

Downers Grove, IL

Wearing a Mesa Community College T-shirt while working out at Lifetime Fitness in Burr Ridge, Gary Mayberry got to talking with somebody who had also attended that school.

That somebody turned out to be DuPage Hounds head coach and Lemont resident Sean Osborne. Now Mayberry, a Hinsdale South graduate, finds himself a member of Osborne’s summer baseball team which competes in the Midwest Collegiate League and plays its games at Benedictine University.

“He mentioned the team and I was looking for a place to play,” Mayberry said. “He talked about the league and I was all-in.”

The eight-team league uses wood bats, which is an adjustment to many, but not to Mayberry.

“Mesa Community College was wood bats,” he said, “so I played two years out there with wood bats. It was kind of a bummer switching back to aluminum last year. They (wood bats) really make you a better hitter, you have to be more selective with pitches and it teaches you fundamentals.”

Mayberry spent this past spring at NAIA Ashford University where he started all 53 games in center field. He was moved to the leadoff spot in the batting order during the year and finished with a .339 batting average.

“I wasn’t with them in the fall,” said the sports and recreation management major, “so at first, I was just trying to get to know everyone and fit in. Hitting leadoff was something new, I’ve never done that before. I’ve really been working on my speed, trying to get faster. I’ve been learning to play the game as a leadoff hitter, stealing more bases, and just roaming out there in center field trying to catch everything.”

Quotable
“He is a tremendous offensive player and a team guy. We moved him from the four-hole up to the leadoff spot to fill a need and he excelled in that position. Just a great all-around player and we are excited to have him back for another year.”
John Govek, Ashford coach

Notable
Mayberry, who transferred to NAIA Ashford University after starting off his college baseball career at Mesa Community College, was named All-MCC honorable mention and earned a spot on the All-MCC Gold Glove squad.

By the number
5 Home runs hit this spring by Mayberry, tops on the Saints. He started all 53 games, hitting .339 with 42 runs scored and 32 RBIs.

Favorite pro player
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees third baseman