Cottage Grove’s Christian Spear plays in ‘Futures Game’

Cottage Grove baseball infielder, Christian Spear was selected to participate in the annual ‘Futures Game’, held June 9 at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, OR. “I was shocked; I didn’t know what to say,” Spear said after finding out he was selected.

Since 2013, Volcanoes Stadium, a minor league arena, has hosted some of the best high school sophomore and junior baseball prospects in the state of Oregon in an annual game which sees numerous college scouts in attendance.

“I get a little nervous (with scouts watching) but I know from past experiences similar I just have to do what I know I can do and block out everything outside that’s happening,” Spear said.

The game took place on June 9 and was a matchup between the Americans vs. Nationals. Spear was selected to play for the Nationals team. Spear averaged a .344 hitting average this season with a .500 OBP. 

The last Lion to participate in the game was Payton Presley, who played in 2015. He went on to play baseball at Concordia University in Portland. Spear, who has played baseball the vast majority of his life, was next in line. 

Speaking before the game, Spear said, “I’m looking forward to this experience. It will be a realization if baseball is something I want to do down the road, it’s a team with a bunch of coaches I don’t know and players I don’t know. I’ll be jumping right into playing a team I don’t know. It will be a glimpse into what college baseball will look like.”

At the conclusion of this season, Spear was selected as a Sky-Em All-league honorable mention, one of only four underclassmen in the Sky-Em to receive any recognition at the conclusion of the season.

Cottage Grove senior catcher JJ Thorton and sophomore pitcher/infielder Isaiah Cushman were also selected as honorable mention players.

After a season in which the Lions baseball team struggled, Spear will look to continue building up his game on the field and in his leadership role moving forward for the Lions, which will be looking for a new coach after Lance Faxon departed the program.

“I’m going to continue to work on my fundamentals. I have decent fundamentals, but sometimes I throw what I’ve been working on out and I just do what feels comfortable when I should be getting the in-game practice in,” Spear said. “There are a few things I thought we should have been more stern on. I can set an example of what everyone else can look like.”