If this summer has been any indication, Reinhardt's Christopher Basilio could be in store for a big senior season next spring.
The rising redshirt senior outfielder has spent the summer playing in the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League, but he has kept his eye on the coming season the entire time.
“I just wanted to go down there and focus on the mental part of the game,” said Basilio, a Miami native who began his college career at NCAA Division I Jackson State. “I decided I wanted to play summer ball to stay in tune with the day-to-day parts of the game. You can’t really do that taking your summer off. You can stay in shape, but it’s nothing like actually playing.”
In 48 starts for Reinhardt last season, Basilio hit .256 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs, but he showed the potential to do even more during his time in the SFCBL with the Palm Beach Xtreme.
In 38 games, Basilio led the 10-team SFCBL with six home runs. He was fourth with 24 RBIs, while batting .327.
“I started kind of slow, but I turned it around,” Basilio said. “I sat back and tried to focus on the little things that could lead to big success. I worked on my mechanics with my swing a little bit, and the ball just started flying a little bit more.”
The success earned Basilio a spot in the SFCBL all-star game, and it did not come from a lack of competition.
The game included players from 12 different states, as well as Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Canada and Cuba. Players came from all levels, with 36 from NCAA Division I, 11 from Division II and three from Division III, as well as 22 junior college players to go with just three selections from the NAIA.
“There was definitely some good competition down there,” Basilio said. “We saw a lot of good arms every game. That’s definitely going to help me in the upcoming season. There weren’t really any easy matchups down there. If I can keep that same approach into the fall and the season next spring, I think it’s going to pay off.”
The SFCBL wrapped up play earlier this week, but Basilio said he will not stop working toward his senior season. Reinhardt is set to only lose three seniors from the 2019 team, and if Basilio can carry his summer success over, he figures to be an important piece of an experienced team.
“I just have to stay with the same focus,” Basilio said. “I found some things that work for me this summer, so, if I can keep working and keep it up, I think I can help us win a lot of games.”