Most of us dream at night.
Tim Holland, pictured here, expanded his dreaming to full-time during his sophomore year at Georgetown High School.
“I started to think then that baseball might take me somewhere,” explained the 6-1/175 pound senior. “It was my best year and I started to get mail from colleges and rumors began about teams being interested in me.”
Royals coach Mark Rowe realized that Tim was a talented player the year before. “He was a starter for me as a freshman at second base. We went to the Division 3 North finals that year with a team that was mostly seniors. He fit right in.”
And even before witnessing Tim’s senior year the 10th year coach stated, “He’s the best baseball player to come through Georgetown since I’ve been coaching. He pretty much does it all. I’ve heard from the White Sox, Cubs, and Indians about him.”
“This year he’ll play shortstop when he’s not pitching,” said Coach Rowe of his 2-time Cape Ann League All-Star. “We’ll go as far as he takes us. We have a nice supporting cast but we need for him to have a big year for us.”
Next year Tim expects to attend Lake City Community Junior College (about 60 miles west of Jacksonville in northern Florida) on a baseball scholarship. The fact that the Timberwolves’ baseball season starts on January 25th, and any cancellations will be for rain and not for that other stuff, would be incentive enough to go there.
In addition to the favorable outdoor, workout weather, it was a couple of area baseball players – Matt Small (Ipswich) and Mike Gallo (Peabody) – who helped steer Tim to Lake City. “I played on teams around here with both of them. They were both very positive about the school. Mike pitches on this year’s team.”
At Lake City Tim will play in front of the folks (major league scouts) he needs to impress. And who could blame the scouts for attending? Last year 15 former Lake City players were in the minors and two (Reggie Abercrombie and Heath Phillips) were in the majors.
“I look to do two years of real competitive baseball and then see where I am,” explained Tim. “I could be in the minors or maybe in a 4-year college.”
Tim’s favorite player is BJ Upton of Tampa Bay. “He can do everything and that’s the kind of player that I think I am. I’ve played the outfield, infield, and pitched. And also, like BJ, I have speed.”
Tim wears #17. “I wanted #5 (Nomar Garciaparra) but that number didn’t exist. Since I joined the Georgetown varsity as the only freshman that meant that I got the last number available – #17. Things went so well the first two years that I decided to stick with it.”
The Holland name probably won’t leave the area sports pages when Tim graduates in June thanks to his sisters. “One of my sisters made the high school soccer varsity as an 8th grader and was the team’s leading scorer this season,” bragged Tim. “My other sister is 12 and tells me that she’s going to be the first girl on the high school varsity baseball team.”
Keep an eye on Tim Holland of Georgetown. He has a dream and he might just have what it takes to make that dream come true.
(Appeared in The Town Common in the issue dated March 12th)