|June 20, 2012||Filled under Covering the Field, Sports||
Curt Echo is passionate about baseball. Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head baseball coach Tim Albertson explains, “There is no one who works harder than Curt. He is so dedicated and passionate about the game. He has a desire to get better. His drive to improve is so great that he prepares physically and mentally day in and day out to play baseball and it shows. It’s all about the preparation with Curt.”
The youngest of three children, Echo was born on Nov. 26, 1993. Raised in Shelburne, his family includes parents, Lisa and Curt, older sisters Kate, a Merchandise and Accounting Manager for the Vermont Lake Monsters, and Mallory, a UVM student.
Echo recalls playing catch with his father for the first time while in preschool. “I think I was around four years old when I played catch with my dad,” Echo reminisced. “My dad is the one who exposed me to baseball. He got me interested in the sport.” A year later Echo was playing tee ball for Shelburne Little League.
Through middle school Echo was a utility player. “I played catcher, second base, basically everywhere,” he shared. “I started pitching right before my freshman year at CVU. There was a game that summer when I threw a lot of strikeouts. After that I started pitching more regularly.”
A 4-year varsity baseball player and senior captain, Echo admits to two pre-game rituals. “I listen to the same music on my way to the game. And when I’m pitching I wear stirrups for home games and high socks for away games. I’m a real trendsetter,” he added jokingly.
Fortunately the team’s winning ways were no laughing matter. The Redhawks completed the season with a Metro League Championship, CVU’s first, an 18-2 record, and a Division I State Championship, the second in program history and the first since 2003. Echo finished the season with an impressive 7-1 record and four shutouts; although he is quick to shrug off the accolades and credit his team instead.
“Curt is such a leader,” coach Albertson began, “because of his preparation Curt brings the team together. He is the epitome of a team player. He trusts the team and leans on his defense and in return they rally around him. In a word, Curt is tremendous.”
As are his achievements. “My proudest moment is winning the high school state championship,” Echo quipped. “We played on a big stage at historic Centennial Field in front of tons of people. And because I was the starting pitcher I played a big role. ”
Echo has two objectives at St. Michael’s College next year. The first is academic. He will pursue his interest in business and/or accounting. And the second is to continue playing baseball which according to coach Albertson, is a given, “I’d be shocked if he didn’t play.”
This reporter is confident as well. With Echo’s combination of talents along with his preparation, devotion, and passion for the game, local baseball enthusiasts have a lot to look forward too. And so does he.