Sports Spotlight - West Orange Times & Observer: Nic Caso

Nic Caso’s walk-off hit elevated the Winter Garden Little League 11-Year-Old All-Stars to a district championship.

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Nic Caso came to bat June 21 with a chance to send his Winter Garden Little League 11-Year-Old All-Star team to the Section 5 Tournament — and delivered. Caso’s walk-off, RBI-single gave WGLL a 3-2 win over Dr. Phillips in the District 14 Tournament. 


Can you walk us through the at-bat at which you drove in the winning run?

I was kind of nervous, but I knew that if I got the hit, it would send my team to Sectionals, so it would be really good. When I hit the ball, I knew that it was solid contact, and then when I found out it was a hit, I got really excited. … It was kind of crazy — it was fun.


How long have you been playing baseball?

Three years. I like pitching, and I started playing, because my brother had played baseball before me, and my dad likes baseball. So I started, and I really liked it.


What is the best baseball advice you have received?

If you try your hardest and you trust in your abilities, you’ll do (well). My dad (Diego Caso) told me that.


Who is your funniest teammate?

Probably Keston Gomez.


Who is your favorite baseball player?

Giancarlo Stanton. He’s a good hitter, and he’s a good fielder, so he’s an all-around pretty good player.


If you could play a ballgame in any stadium, where would you want to play?

Yankee Stadium, because of all the history and all of the great players (who) have played there.


Are you excited to start middle school?

I’m excited. All of the classes give me more of a chance to get with my friends.


Who was your favorite teacher at Whispering Oak Elementary?

My fifth-grader teacher, Mrs. (Nicole) Machado, for reading. She was really nice.


What was something you learned about in school that you found interesting?

About the Civil War and stuff like that.


What is your dream job?

Developer — like a builder, pretty much. I like to make stuff out of things.


Any hobbies beside baseball and school?

I play “Fortnite.”


What are you looking forward to about the summer?

Probably hanging out with all my friends and seeing how far we can go in the baseball tournament.


We hear you saw “The Incredibles 2.” Can you give us a quick movie review?

It was good. I liked it, because the mom got a job and the dad was staying home, and he was all funny.


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