| May 18, 2021
Northern California baseball fans are proud of their rich baseball history, and have no shortage of local standouts to cheer on all over the nation. Homegrown talent populates all levels of baseball, from the college ranks to the Major Leagues, and have included everyone from former MVPs like Dustin Pedroia, to up-and-comers like Rhys Hoskins and Rowdy Tellez. Garret Forrester hopes to be next on that list.
Local fans might remember Forrester from his days at Bella Vista High School in his hometown of Fair Oaks. His torrid junior year in 2019 was enough to make an impression on anyone: he batted .500 on the year with 15 doubles to go along with two home runs, good enough to finish with a 1.406 OPS and conference offensive player of the year honors. The sky was the limit in 2020 when the pandemic put a hold on baseball in the area, and his senior season was cut short.
Forrester was undeterred: his impressive resume was good enough to earn him a spot on the Oregon State baseball team, which happened to be his dream school. He has enjoyed immediate success on the field as a freshman competing with a PAC-12 powerhouse in OSU--winners of three College World Series titles in 15 years.
Recruited as a third baseman and catcher, Forrester has spent the majority of his innings in 2021 holding down first base and batting cleanup for Oregon State, earning his spot as one of the top hitters on the squad. He is batting .303 on the year, is third on the team with a .947 OPS and second with six home runs for the Beavers, who are currently 13-8 and just 1-1/2 games back in the PAC-12 with three weeks left in the season.
Forrester will be headed back home this summer, and suit up for the Lincoln Potters, who play their home games just 20 minutes from where he went to high school. Lucky for Potters fans, as they will get another chance to see a local standout all summer at McBean Stadium.
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