Red hot Anders excited to play at A&M

After growing up in the shadows of Olsen Field, and playing just down the road at A&M Consolidated High School, Nick Anders--the younger brother of Luke Anders--is ready for the next step. Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp visits with the red hot hitter who is among the top five in the Texas Collegiate League in hitting, RBI and stolen bases.

The Texas A&M baseball program has had its share of brothers who have both suited up for the Aggies, and next spring, the Anders boys—who grew up in the shadows of Olsen Field—will suit up for what will likely be their last year they ever play together.

Younger brother Nick, who is playing summer ball for the Brazos Valley Bombers in Bryan is excited about the chance to play alongside Luke for one more year.

"It's going to be a lot of fun, it will be like old times when we were growing up," said Nick, who refused to talk any sibling smack when asked who the better ball player was in the Anders house. "It's whoever is playing good at the time I guess."

Anders led his Temple Junior College team this season in nearly every category with a .411 batting average, 17 doubles, seven home runs, six stolen bases and 42 RBI.

This summer, he's been even more impressive, especially considering he's playing in a wooden bat league that is dominated by pitching.

But that practice with the wooden bat will be a confidence booster according to Anders.

"You've just got to sit over the baseball a little more now," he said. "With aluminum you can get away with a mistake, but (with a wooden bat) on inside pitches you've got to get the head out there a little faster but it's kind of a confidence builder because next spring we'll be using aluminum. When you get the aluminum bat back in your hand it feels a lot better. Hopefully the ball will go a little further."

Anders has done okay though—even with the wood bat.

He leads the league among players who have started at least 15 games this summer in hitting with a .343 average and is No. 3 in the league with 12 RBI, and is second in the league with nine stolen bases in 19 games played.

He's excited to bring those talents to Olsen Field next spring.

"I can't wait (to play at A&M)," he said. "I'm ready for the fall to get here and get cranked up and even more excited about the spring and get started. Ever since (Rob) Childress arrived that program has done nothing but go up."

This summer, he's just hoping to keep playing and tweak a few things before checking in for Childress' fall workouts.

"I just want to keep playing and stay in shape, playing fundamentally sound baseball and get faster and see the ball and hit the ball."

But don't expect to see the mirror image of Luke, who is much taller than Nick. But Nick says he brings a different style of play to the Aggie lineup.

"I'm a little more aggressive and he's a little more laid back," Nick said. "I've got a little more fire in me."

That should be music to the ears of Aggie baseball fans.




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