Payson Longhorn Ashton Shewey's baseball future turned much brighter last week with his selection in the major league draft and invitation to play in the prestigious Super 50 All-Star game.
Shewey, a left-handed pitcher and accomplished hitter, was chosen in the 34th round of the major league baseball draft by the Cleveland Indians.
His invitation to play in the Third Annual Super 50 was extended June 11 following the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Class 4A North vs. South All-Star game played at Grand Canyon University.
The Super 50, which pits the state's best baseball players who have graduated in the spring against one another, will be played June 20 at Bank One Ballpark. The game will begin at the conclusion of the Diamondback vs. Devil Rays interleague game.
The Super 50 game will be televised live on the Cox Cable Network and on the Internet by Southwest Sports Net.
Although Shewey was chosen in the draft, he will take the "draft and follow" route in his career, which means, he'll enroll at Chandler-Gilbert Community College next school year where he has a baseball scholarship.
During his playing stint there, Indian scouts will evaluate his progress during the season and have until 15 days before the 2005 draft to sign him.
If he doesn't sign an offer or Cleveland doesn't extend one, he will go back into the draft.
After the draft, Indian scouts asked Shewey to improve some facets of his game including adding a couple of miles-per-hour to his fastball, his mother, Lori Shewey, said. His fastball currently is in the mid to high 80s mph.
At the AzBCA 4A all-star game, Shewey helped his north team win a 6-3 thriller over the South.
In one inning on the mound, he struck out three and allowed one hit.
He also played first base and right field and grounded out in his lone at-bat.
Following the Super 50 game Sunday, Shewey will travel to the University of Oklahoma June 22 where he will participate on the Arizona team entered in the Senior Sun Belt tournament.
In the course of five days, the Arizona stars will play eight games against some of the best amateur teams in the south and west.
The Arizona team will be managed by longtime Winslow coach, Art Griffith and a staff of four assistants.
In addition to playing in the postseason all-star clashes, Shewey is a member of the Arizona Clash club team that will travel next month to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas for a collegiate summer tournament.
Shewey estimates he'll play about 70 games this summer.
Last season at Payson High, Shewey was an All-Grand Canyon region first team selection and honorable mention all-state.
During his senior campaign, his pitching also helped him earn postseason honors.
He compiled a .450 batting average that included eight home runs and nine doubles. He also had a team-leading 42 RBIs and scored 29 runs. As the Horns' mound ace, he compiled a 5-6 record and a 3.84 ERA with 97 strikeouts and 47 walks in 65 innings.
If a professional baseball career doesn't pan out for Shewey, his plans are to pursue a career in pharmacology.