ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It all started for shortstop Matthew Armijo at the age of five. His T-Ball career put him on the map in his league. He was the MVP back in 2009.
“It was like awesome and I wanted to do that every year,” said Matthew.
Mom Slyvia remembers her son showing power at the plate even in T-Ball.
“He would hit off the tee and he would hit it all the way to the fence and even over the fence,” said Slyvia. Matthew hasn’t changed one bit. He plays up in his baseball league.
The 11-year-old plays with a 12-year-old team but has managed to lead them in home runs with seven. But, it is his recent accomplishment that has Matthew elated and ready to make the most of an opportunity. Matthew will play in 2016 All American Games Championships in Florida in August. He tried out in El Paso, Texas and made the Midwest Region team.
“It felt like being called up to the Major Leagues or something like that,” said Matthew.
Matthew’s coach Trevor Albritton said, “It’s a great opportunity for him. College coaches are always looking at younger and younger kids. For him to have this on his resume that he participated in this and did well in this. I think is going to be great for his future.”
Matthew is hoping his future looks like that of his favorite player, retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
“He is my inspiration,” said Matthew. “Because of him I wanted to play baseball. I wanted to be just like him.”
The All American Games will be at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at the Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. The games will run from August 7 through August 13. Matthew’s family has started a GoFundMe page to help with expenses.