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Britton making impact on baseball team

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Last season as a freshman, Devon Britton had a feeling that his teammates could reach some new heights this year. It was just a matter of going out and doing his job.

That role wasn’t anything new for Britton. He embodies the motto, “Walk softly and carry a big stick.”

Over the past two years, Britton rapidly has made his mark with Northampton baseball as well as the wrestling and golf programs. In wrestling, Britton already is a two-time state qualifier.

This year, Britton has been the Kids’ left fielder and has made his impact. In the team’s first nine games as the number nine hitter, Britton hit .375 (second on the team) with a team-high 11 runs scored and just one strikeout in 29 plate appearances. As a result, he was moved to the leadoff spot and had three hits and was on base in four of his first five appearances.

“Devon is a quiet kid and a hard worker,” said head coach Mick Sugra. “He’s so quiet that you don’t even know he is there half the time, but he just keeps producing for us.

“He is very patient at the plate and has the ability to get on base and score runs.”

Along with his teammates, Britton has focused his attention to the present. It has resulted in a 9-2 record to begin the season.

“We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves,” said Britton, whose team routed Allentown Central Catholic, 10-2, Monday. “We are not really looking at the future. We’re just going out there, having fun and taking one game at a time.

“Since the winter when we all started working out together, our philosophy has been to win a game the best we can.”

Britton spent last season splitting his time between JV and varsity. He also saw how the current state of the team was evolving.

“There was something weird about the seniors last year,” he said. “They just didn’t seem to connect with the younger kids.

“It is different this year because so many of us came up together and we all get along really well. There is a real sense of chemistry and it has paid off for us.”

In the offseason, Britton worked on his hitting and also made the transition from center to left field. It proved to be a smooth one.

“I knew I had to work on some things on my hitting,” Britton said. “I felt a lot better coming into this season. I knew I had to learn a few things in making the move from center to left and I had to get some work. But it really wasn’t that big of a move.”

Britton has a baseball family background. His older brothers, Kody and Austin, and father, Robert all played on the high school level, and they all have had an influence.

“I started playing at a young age, and I watched what they did,” said Britton. “Baseball always had played a big part in our family. For me, it always has been a fun game.”

As for his other sports, Britton started wrestling at a young age and began golfing three years ago. His three-sport life has provided a perfect balance for him.

“Each sport is different in its own way,” Britton said. “It is a good situation for me and keeps me focused on everything. It is helping me to be my best out there.”

In terms of baseball, Britton’s teammates and coaches couldn’t ask for anything more.