Peabody’s Jake Gustin Takes Every Opportunity With North Shore Navigators
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LYNN – One of the keys to success in any sport is to take advantage of every opportunity you have to perform. For Peabody’s Jake Gustin, every day is a chance to improve, and he’s proving it this summer with the North Shore Navigators.
“I think the most important thing for me is that I have the opportunity to play here every day, and I just want to make the most of it and keep working to improve myself,” said Gustin, who just finished his junior season at Bryant University. “I’m just trying to stay focused and help the team in any way I can.”
The numbers have been there for Gustin this summer, as the second baseman hits .279 with a homerun and 10 RBIs in 18 games. His slugging percentage of 0.353 is fourth on the team, while his OPS (base percentage plus slugging percentage) of 0.728 is fifth on the team.
“I love playing here,” said Gustin. “Obviously I’m a Peabody guy so being able to stay home and have friends and family all come to the stadium are all great bonuses for me. Every guy I play with has been awesome and it’s fun going to the park every day.
Gustin is no stranger to summer baseball, having played nine games for the Navs in 2018 after his senior year at Peabody High, then 20 games for the Newport Gulls in 2019 after his first season at Bryant.
“The real importance of summer baseball is playing everyday and facing great competition,” said Gustin. “This stuff can only make you better, and having the opportunity to play against guys from all over the country and meet new people has been really fun.”
Gustin’s solid play isn’t something that came out of nowhere, as the former Tanners star hit a stellar .386 during his junior year at Bryant this spring. After starting all 42 games at second base for the Bulldogs, Gustin scored 13 doubles, six homers and 36 RBIs to go along with 46 runs scored. He won 21 multi-stroke games, posted a base percentage of 0.463 and his solid game helped Bryant win his ninth straight Northeastern Conference title and a berth in the NEC tournament championship game. He has been named NEC Player of the Week several times throughout the season, and his game has earned him all NEC conference honors and an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) / First Team selection. Rawlings All-Northeast Region.
“I think we were all really excited heading into this season after missing pretty much all of last year,” said Gustin, whose Bulldogs only played 15 games in 2020 before the season broke. be canceled due to the pandemic. “It was a little weird early on out of fall when we had separate workouts, but I just tried to find a rhythm and work hard every day. “
But the focus is now on the job at hand, and it ends this season with the Navs strong and pushing hard as the playoffs approach.
“We have a tough schedule ahead and I think we end the season with 11 games in 10 days, so we will have to be on our game in the home stretch,” said Gustin. “I think the main key for us is to stay focused on the task at hand; we have the talent in this team to do a race so we have to keep working.
After the season, Gustin will turn his attention to his final year at Bryant, where he hopes to continue his excellent game and help the Bulldogs win another league title.
“I’m really looking forward to returning to the senior year and hope to have another great season,” said Gustin. “We are losing a lot of pitchers from the team last year, but we still have a lot of talent and we are looking forward to winning the conference again and making an appearance in the tournament.”
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After a stellar junior season at Bryant University, Peabody’s Jake Gustin continued his strong play through the summer with the North Shore Navigators. (Article photo: Spenser Hasak)
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