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Athlete of the Week
Southwest Orange Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 4 years ago

Athlete of the Week - Windermere Observer: Tyler Halstead

Olympia alumnus Tyler Halstead amassed 16 hits, 11 RBIs, two home runs and four doubles over a span of seven games for the Winter Garden Squeeze.
by: Steven Ryzewski Senior Sports Editor

As the Winter Garden Squeeze were making a successful playoff push last week, Olympia alum Tyler Halstead was having a monster week at the plate. In the final week of the regular season, Halstead amassed 16 hits, 11 RBIs, two home runs and four doubles over a span of seven games.


To what do you attribute last week’s success?

I definitely think it’s preparation. There’s a select group of us that have been grinding all day — we’re out here early and getting our work in. I just love coming to the ballpark, man. … Just being able to play every day has been a blessing.


After spending a year away from the game, how valuable has this season in the Florida League been?

It’s huge for me. Coach (Tom) Riginos up at Winthrop has given me an opportunity as a walk-on to go up there and prove my stuff. I think this summer basically shows him — and even myself — that I can play still, even after taking a year off.


How would you rate your experience in the Florida League?

If I had to scale it on a one-to-10 (criteria), I’d give it a 12. I’ve had so much fun. I’m an All-Star, I love this group of guys. We’re loose out here —we love playing. Even though we’re losing some of these games, it’s still a blast.


What’s your favorite Florida League park to play at as a visitor?

I’d have to say Sanford — I just love playing at Sanford. We’ve kind of had a rivalry with them this summer.


What do you like to do in your non-baseball downtime?

I’m a big lake guy — I love the (Butler) Chain of Lakes over here. On weekends, when I’m not playing, I’ll usually be out on the lake.


What is your favorite television show?

I’m a big fan of “The Walking Dead.” One show that I’m really interested in now is that new show “Power” on Starz.


What are you hoping to study at Winthrop?

I’m studying finance. I’m trying to do certified financial planning.


Which teammate have you become closest with over the season?

Definitely (Matt) Sullivan. Sullivan actually goes to my old school now (West Florida). We switch off driving (to the ballpark) every game and he lives right down the street from me.

Steven Ryzewski was the Senior Sports Editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and Southwest Orange Observer....

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