The redshirt-freshman hit .326, two home runs, 18 runs batted in, had 34 steals, and led the league with 35 runs as a member of the North Fork Ospreys in the Hamptons College Baseball League of West Hampton, N.Y. He added seven doubles and three triples.
He was also named the Most Valuable Player in the league championship with six hits over three games for a .273 batting average. He scored five runs, had two RBI, a double, and a triple.
“It’s tough on a redshirt to sit and watch for a whole year and he could have gone one of two ways, and Nick took it upon himself,” said Northwestern State head coach Lane Burroughs. “He went up to the Hamptons and had a great summer. He grew not only as a ball player, but also as a man.
“He played outstanding,” said Burroughs, who is heading into his second season as the Demon head coach. “We kept getting updates on our guys every day and it always seemed like he had a couple of hits, stole a couple of bases, and scored some runs.”
The Junction City, Kan. native, had 15 multi-hit games in 46 games played during the summer. His best game was against Riverhead when he collected five hits, including a double, and a run scored. He had four, three-hit games.
“I think it was good for him to go up there and play against some different competition, meet new people, and see a different part of the country. He has come back a new man both athletically and socially, said Burroughs. “We’re looking for big things from him, and with his skillset, the sky is the limit.”
Against West Hampton, he was 3-of-4 with a home run, three RBI, and three walks. He drove in two or more runs four times. His other home run came against Sag Harbor in a two-hit game for Heath.
“He’s a plus-runner, has a plus-arm, and has pretty good power. We just need to corral him at the plate,” said Burroughs. “I think Nick Heath has a bright future and can be a force to be reckoned with in the league.”
Heath was only caught stealing six times in 40 attempts and stole three or more bases five times.