MISSOULA, Mont. - Missoula's Jesson Preston had a year to remember on the diamond for his state champion Mavericks this legion season. The Big Sky high school graduate hit .390 at the plate and drove in 64 RBI's ranking him third and second on the team in those categories.
"This is the best hitting I've done in my four years as a Maverick and my defense as well," said Preston of his summer.
Preston's athletic success wasn't confined to just the diamond over the past year. In the fall he was an all-conference honorable mention as Big Sky's starting quarterback. And on the hardwoods for the Eagles, this starting point guard knocked through 52 shots from beyond the arc, setting a brand new school record. Needless to say it hasn't always been a simple choice for Preston to decide on just baseball as his sport at the college level.
"I had to figure it out I think. As the years rolled by I thought of myself as being a better baseball player than anything else and I just fell in love with the game," explained Preston. "Since middle school I think I knew I wanted to play college baseball. My favorite thing in any sport is hitting the ball. I've always loved to hit and I just think it's a great game for sure."
Choosing baseball was just the first step for Preston's college process. He then had to figure out where he'd be headed. The winner was Skagit Valley, a junior college located about an hour north of Seattle.
"I chose it because I went on a visit and I really liked the place. It reminded me a lot of Missoula," said Preston. "I have family down there and I really liked the players and coaches as well, so I'm excited to go play over there."
Preston hopes Skagit Valley will serve as a pit stop on his way to bigger baseball.
"I definitely want to get better. It's a junior college so I have the opportunity to move up after a couple years so the main focus is just to get better every day."
Preston was also offered a roster spot to play hoops at Skagit Valley, but he says he's just focusing on baseball... at least for right now.