LEWISTON, ID — How fast do you think you could throw a baseball, maybe 40 miles per hour? Well imagine throwing a four seamer that can hit 90 on the gun, and you’re also the anchor on the left side of the infield.
Lewiston’s Kyle Van Boeyen might be who you’re thinking of and that’s why he’s this week’s P1FCU Prep Athlete of the Week.
Kyle Van Boeyen is a two-sport monster at Lewiston High School playing basketball and baseball.
"Definitely baseball, it's just always been my favorite sport,” he said. “I've played it since I was a little kid, and that's what I'm going to college for.”
He’s going to Umpqua Community College to play ball partially because of the hometown feel, all the way out in Roseburg, Oregon.
"Jeremiah Robbins, the old LC coach, he picked me up as soon as he went over there and brought me over there,” he said. “Gave me a very nice scholarship and he's going to support me over there, and it's just a great education."
Van Boeyen says he’ll see what his first two years bring at UCC, but there’s a thought to possibly wear the red and blue down the road.
"My dad played at LC and just kind of run in the family, might come back, I don't know yet,” Van Boeyen said.
But before all that happens, he’s still got a season with the Lewiston Bengals.
"Overall goal is to win state. We went to the semi-finals last year,” he said. “We were a little inexperienced. I think we got the guys to do it this year so we're going to make a run."
There’s one problem right now, and that is the snow.
"It's been a grind, we've just been in the cages all the time, just hitting and hitting and hitting, and throwing bullpens, just a grind. Just got to know that be prepared once you get on the field, so we can get out and get some games in."
He said he can’t wait to get back on the field to meet one of his goals, raise his fastball velocity.
"I'm trying to get up to 90 this year, but I'll probably be sitting at mid to upper 80s,” he said.
Another side of Van Boeyen some might not see is the trash talking side. Like this moment at Coeur d’Alene on the basketball court.
"He came up and said he was going to block me, and then he flopped, and then I stared at him and I was just laughing,” he said.
"Sometimes when you're on the basepaths, when you don't know the infielder, you can mess with them a little bit, or get a little emotional on the mound when you get a K. Or get someone out that's pretty good or that you know."
So far, two Lewiston baseball games have been canceled because of the snow still on the fields but Van Boeyen said he expects the Bengals to start their run at a state title very soon.
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