The 2022 Ocean State Waves, of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, have a roster full of top collegiate baseball talent from some of the best college baseball programs in the USA. Players travel from all over the country, stay with host families, play in a highly competitive environment game after game in front of scouts and fans, and become a part of the Waves community from roughly the end of May/early June until sometime in August. This 2022 Waves team is absolutely stacked with baseball talent, take a look at this photo posted on the Ocean State Waves Instagram page. It showcases the college programs that will be represented this summer in the Waves dugout. Very impressive!!!
I am very excited to introduce you to these 2022 Ocean State Waves players, one at a time. This is the first installment of a long series of interviews I have done with the incoming players slated to play for the 2022 Ocean State Waves. The players answered questions on their baseball journey, their mentors and childhood baseball heroes, the process of going from top high school talent to collegiate student athlete, and what their expectations are for their Spring and Summer Baseball seasons. First up, from Franklin, Tennessee and Belmont University – Outfielder Guy Lipscomb.
Tell me a little bit about your baseball roots starting with your local Little League and then
possibly your AAU or travel ball. What was that experience like?
- I grew up in Tupelo, MS. Played for a team called the Tupelo Rangers. Was an awesome experience and I learned a lot.
Think back, what is your earliest memory of baseball? A catch with a sibling, your first
hit, a trip to an MLB or Minor League game?
- I would say playing Wiffle ball with my older brothers was my first baseball related memory.
How about childhood idols – a professional baseball player, actor, musician – who was a
person or persons who you wanted to meet as a kid?
- My childhood idol was always Mike Trout.
Did you have a favorite ballpark growing up that you played in or saw a game at?
- Dudy Noble Field (Mississippi State University Baseball Stadium)
What was your primary position in youth baseball, high school?
Did you play multiple sports growing up or did you focus primarily on baseball? Do/Did
you see a benefit to playing multiple sports?
- Football, baseball, and basketball. I would always recommend playing as many sports as possible, especially football.
Brag a little bit, what would you say was your best game? Could be a Little League game
or High School game or something more recent. What made this game stand out in
- We played #4 Tennessee Volunteers and I was 2 for 4 with 2 stolen bases and a diving catch. Best game ever!!!
What advice would you give a youth baseball player about working towards being the
best all around baseball player they can be?
- Get in the weight room and get strong. Long toss and Hit as much as possible.
Speaking of choosing a school, what other important factors should high school
student athletes be considering when making this life changing decision.
- Know how far you are from home, on your visits to that school make sure you really like the players and coaches.
Academically, what is your major at Belmont University?
- Major is Business Administration.
On the baseball front, what are some of your personal and team goals for yourself and
your baseball program at (school) this Spring?
- My goal is to lead the conference in Stolen Bases. Hit above .300 and field 1.000.
Is this your first summer of collegiate baseball or did you play in previous summers? If
so, which league(s) and for what team(s)?
- 2nd, I played in the Ohio valley league for the Dubious County Bombers.
You are slated to play for the Ocean State Waves in the New England Collegiate
Baseball League, one of the top summer baseball collegiate leagues in the country. First
off, congratulations. What was your reaction to finding out you will be suiting up for the
Waves this summer?
- I was super excited to be so close to the beach and play against some of the best competition in the country. I had a teammate who has played for the Waves, so he tells me all about how fun it is. I have never been surfing I would like to try. I think it’ll bring out the best in me. I usually play better against better competition.
Play scout for a moment. What should Waves fans know about your game? Are you a
power pitcher? Home run power? Going to lead the league in steals? On base
- Hopefully lead the league in steals, contact hitter with power to pull side.
Talk a little bit about the emotions of the game. You will be playing in front of Waves
fans, maybe friends and family, and yes Major League Baseball scouts. How do you
harness all the emotions of who is in the stands and focus on the tasks at hand?
- I try to just enjoy the moment and have fun. Try not to worry about all the outside noise.
Waves fans, make sure you follow Guy all spring with the Belmont University Bruins Baseball team. Here are some helpful links:
And stay tuned each week for another Waves roster player profile and as always, any Waves news and notes to keep you up to date on their 2022 summer baseball season.