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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Shawny McGill

The Sarasota American Little League 8-9-10 All-Star team had a strong tournament run.

Shawny McGill.
Shawny McGill.
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Shawny McGill is a member of the Sarasota American Little League 8-9-10 All-Star team. During the team's run to the state tournament, McGill hit .517 with three doubles, one triple, one home run, three walks, nine RBIs and six steals. McGill also pitched nine innings with a 0.00 ERA.

When did you start playing baseball?

I first started when I was 1 or 2 I think. My dad (Shawn McGill) played in AA and AAA baseball when I was that age so I traveled with him a lot and watched him play. I started for real with T-ball and then moved up to where I am now. I play football and basketball, too. 

What is the appeal to you?

I like that you have to work as a team. It’s about the whole team doing well, not just you.  

What is your best skill?

I'm good at not giving up and always trying my best. I'm a good hitter. If a ball is thrown outside then I'll hit it to opposite field. If it's centered, I'll hit back up the middle. If it's thrown inside, then I'll pull the ball. 

What have you been working to improve?

My infield defense. I used to have trouble getting all the way down on ground balls, but I'm getting better at it. 

What is your favorite position?

I like playing catcher a lot. It's one of the most important positions and you get to throw guys out or pick them off. It's fun. 

What is your favorite food?

I like steak a lot. My dad makes them for me. I'm not sure how he cooks them, but that's how I like them. 

What is your favorite movie?

I like both of the "Space Jam" moves. I like the newer one a little bit more I think, but both are good. 

What is your favorite school subject?

I like math because I'm good at it. Reading is tiring, you don't really do anything except listen to the teacher. 

What are your hobbies?

I play in my neighborhood with my friends. We play games like capture the flag and sharks and minnows. We play basketball sometimes, too. 

Which superpower would you pick?

I would pick flying so I could see everything that was going on. Maybe I'd get to see some fireworks or a plane or watch a baseball game. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Never give up, be a good teammate, have fun and do your best. 

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Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.