Trevor Lane, a 2012 graduate of Mount Si High School, was selected to play on the U.S. Olympic baseball team — and could begin playing qualifying matches as soon as next week.
Lane was drafted by the New York Yankees’ minor league team, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, in 2016 while a student at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he played as a pitcher, according to the SnoValley Sports Journal. Lane currently plays for the RailRiders as a AAA pitcher.
USA Baseball announced that Lane had made a 28-man training camp roster for the World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball Americas Qualifier. A slightly smaller, 26-man roster will be announced on May 30. This team will attempt to qualify for the Tokyo Summer Olympics, which are scheduled for this July.
Qualifier matches run from May 31 to June 5. The U.S. team will be competing against seven other teams to make it to the Olympics. The U.S. team is in Group A, along with teams from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Group B teams include Cuba, Venezuela, Canada and Colombia.
The first-place team will advance to Tokyo, along with teams that have already qualified, including Japan, Mexico, Israel and South Korea, which won the 2008 Olympic baseball tournament. The second- and third-place teams will head to a second and final qualifier in Taipei, China.
In 2012, while still a senior at Mount Si High School, Lane played pitcher and first baseman. He was named ESPN High School’s Washington Baseball Player of the Year. At the same time, he volunteered for the Foodball campaign to help the Mount Si Food Bank, and served as a youth coach.