Simon Reid exemplifies mental and physical toughness

Annika Bahnsen, Staff Writer

Simon Reid ’23 (Sofia Pela)

In the past couple of weeks, the Westmont baseball team has been on a roll in Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) play. They are currently on a four-game winning streak and are 13-7 in conference play. This success has been a team effort, but a key player that stands out has been second-year catcher Simon Reid. 

During the week of March 22, Reid was named GSAC Player of the Week and NAIA Player of the Week — a well-deserved accomplishment. 

“I was super excited to get player of the week! It’s so nice to see your hard work and results get recognized, and it was a very nice moment for me,” said Reid when asked about achieving this award. 

Over the past five games, Reid went 10-21 (.476) and, more specifically, he hit three home runs in four games against Vanguard University. On Friday, March 19, the Warriors were down 4-1 when Reid became the hero. He hit a grand slam to put Westmont up 5-4. Reid finished that game with a career-high of six RBIs, which is tied for second-most-ever in a single game in Westmont history. Additionally, Westmont was the first team in the GSAC to beat Vanguard University in back-to-back games this season.

“This season has been a bit up-and-down. We took some time to find our identity on the field and with that came inconsistency,” Reid explained. “But these past few weeks we have really come together and played good baseball. With only a few weeks left and looking to make our way up the GSAC standings, we feel confident we can do everything possible to win.”

Inspiration and motivation are key aspects in being a successful athlete, as mental toughness is just as important as physical toughness. Reid reflected on where his inspiration stems from. 

“My biggest influence has been my family. My mom and dad have given me every opportunity possible to become the man and player I am today.” He continued, “Skill-wise, it’s been my brother Bailey — he and my dad were the ones who taught me how to play baseball in my front yard at four years old.”

Bailey Reid, a Westmont baseball alumnus who has signed with the Chicago Cubs, is another key motivator in his younger brother’s life. 

“In the coming years for baseball, I hope to develop my skills to become as sure as I can. I would be blessed if I ever get the chance to play at the next level like my older brother Bailey.”

He talked about how his sister has been a major part of his baseball career in the past year. 

“Every game I play for my sister Madison, who passed last March. She is in my mind every at-bat and I play for her.”

While this tragic event has been difficult for him emotionally, Reid has been able to dig deep this season and pull off countless outstanding performances amidst his evident pain. 

Reid and the rest of the Westmont baseball team will take on Hope International next in a doubleheader on April 9 and 10 on Russ Carr Field. 

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