Downers Grove South
Why Becht was selected:
Becht recently entered elite company as he became the fifth player in DGS history to play in more than 100 varsity games.
Joe Becht was inserted right into the varsity starting lineup for Downers Grove South's baseball team as a sophomore in the spring of 2012. Two years later, after missing just one game, he played in his 100th varsity game to reach that level just ahead of teammate Zac Taylor. In Thursday's 7-6 win against Hinsdale Central, Becht, the Sears Appliance and Hardware Athlete of the Week, played in his 104th game and talked with Suburban Life sports editor Jason Rossi about his achievement and his college future at Santa Clara.
What's the feeling like, having played in more than 100 games?
It's actually pretty surreal. It was on my senior day, too, and I was just looking at the field – three years, a hundred games, a lot of memories. It's pretty surreal that it's starting to come to an end, but it's an honor to say I've done that.
Was it even sweeter to play that 100th game at home on senior day?
It did mean a lot. Coming down and hugging my mom, hugging coach Orel and coach Parpet – they've been big influences on me and they gave the opportunities to play, so it meant a lot.
How did the offer from Santa Clara come about?
I went out there for a showcase. They were there and contacted me after. The coach that was there actually went to Northwestern, so he knew my travel coach, so we talked, I went out there and found a spot. It felt right.
Does it feel like you've played in so many games?
It doesn't. Every season, it just feels natural being out here. It's weird that it's coming to a close.