EUGENE, Ore. – 50 players were selected from the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia) to play in the 2019 North West Scout Game, including Carson Lydon from Churchill High School. Through the five counties in KEZI's coverage area (Lane, Benton, Linn, Douglas and Coos county), Lydon was the only selected to participate in the event.
"It's pretty crazy just to think that I'm like the only one from the five counties you said that got selected." said Lydon. "It's just kind of a blessing, but it also shows that like I still need to work harder and I need to be better."
He's been playing baseball for as long as he can remember. Diamond sports has become a family bonding tradition; his father grew up playing, his brother played at Marist and earned a D-1 scholarship to the University of Seattle, and his sister plays softball. The Lancers' season ended back in May when they lost in the quarterfinals of the State Championships to West Albany, but he has continued playing through the offseason to better his chances of getting an offer.
Lydon said, "I just think it shows that I put in a lot of work in the offseason and everything. And I think it really pays off you know when you go into the high school season, you're really successful and you get noticed by all of these scouts. That's when you know you're doing something right."
And just as passionate as he is on the field, he's got an even bigger heart off of it. Lydon lost two people close to him in 2017 and 2018 to suicide. But despite the toll the deaths took on his life, he decided to turn the negative feelings he was having into a positive movement.
"I think I just wanted to prove to myself that I could get better and that I can save other people's lives as well. Cause the whole thing is I don't want to just save one life, I want to save as many as possible," said Lydon.
After fundraising with the American foundation for suicide prevention he started his own foundation, A World Free of Suicide in 2018 and used his platform as an athlete to spread his message and honor those he lost.
"So for my high school season this year I customized a pair of cleats it said nfwng on my left shoe and nfw or nfct on my right shoe for never forget Will Manstrom-Greening and never forget Christine Tofte, so that's kind of how I commemorated them," he said.
Next month Lydon will get another chance to put his message at the forefront of the game he loves, as his foundation partners with the Eugene Emeralds to host a Suicide Prevention Night.
He said, "It's just a blessing, I feel like I was kind of called to do it though. I mean, god put us...I'm a Christian so god put us on earth to do one thing. And I think mine was to just help people."
That game will be held in PK Park on August 11th, as the Ems take on the Vancouver Canadians.