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Belgrade Catcher Has Bright Future

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"He is the epitome of a dominant domino. He holds us together he's a glue in a sense. As far as character, as far as work ethic, as far as commitment," said Belgrade Bandits head coach Johnny Graham.

Bandits coach Johnny Graham is describing his senior catcher, Conner Switzer. You won't hear anybody say a bad thing about Conner, because everyone you talk to in Belgrade says he's the epitome of class.

"That's just how are parents taught us and that's how we've always lived. It's an easy life that way if you're always goo," said Switzer.

Conner's dream was to attend the Air Force Academy, but when he found out that he didn't get in, he said it was a bummer, and was disappointed. But life's all about perspective.

"It took me a few days to just thought about it realized it wasn't the end of the world. Wherever a door closes another one opens," said Switzer.

And those doors opened up two options for Conner, as he can either attend Cal Poly in the Fall, or play baseball at Lower Columbia College in Washington state.

"Now that I have the opportunity to play I'm pretty excited about it. I'm seriously considering it. I haven't fully committed to Cal Poly yet," said Switzer.

"I keep telling him he needs to go play college ball I just said you're too good for someone not to pass up," said Bandits pitcher Jamis Olson.

"I don't want him to look back and have him say I had the chance to play ball and still be doing what I'm doing and turn it down. I'm kind of pushing him in that direction," said Graham.

This is Conner's last summer with the Bandits, and he'll miss a lot about Belgrade.

The landscape around here is beautiful you couldn't ask for a better place to live. I have some really good friends that I've played with my whole life. It'll be kind of different not playing with them," said Switzer. 
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