McLaughlin laying low for awhile |

McLaughlin laying low for awhile

Shawn McLaughlin has been a busy athlete in the last couple of weeks. Splitting his time between the baseball diamond and the volleyball courts, McLaughlin has not had much down time. But, that is all soon to change.

McLaughlin has put away his knee pads and volleyball shoes – for the time being at least.

His San Jose Susox team recently finished the U.S. Junior Olympics tournament in Reno and McLaughlin now has the time to concentrate on playing for the 14 year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars. But, that is not something that he is all that excited about.

“The one sport will be ending really soon and it’ll be boring,” McLaughlin said. “I’d rather keep rolling with both sports.”

The Susox finished 17th out of 28 teams and won’t be playing again until September. McLaughlin has an offer to return to the team in the fall, but he also has a number of opportunities to play for other teams. One such program is an 18-and-under team known as Laguna, which is out of Sacramento.

McLaughlin is weighing both the pros and cons of returning to his current team or joining a new one.

“Laguna is 18 and under, so I’d be playing against better competition,” McLaughlin said. “But the disadvantage would be that I’d not be on the courts all the time.

“There are other teams that spoke to my dad who said they wanted me to play for them, but I’d don’t know their names or which ones.”

While he won’t be playing competitively for a club team, McLaughlin isn’t going to let his skills get rusty.

“I’ll be playing on the beach and around town,” McLaughlin said.

And with his future up in the air, McLaughlin is looking forward to having a choice of teams to play for.

“I’m leaning towards Laguna, but I’m keeping my options open because they’re not sure if they are going to form a team yet,” he said.

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