CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Shenendehowa High School student is returning to school with a medal around his neck.
For Shen, Ian Anderson dawns the green and white. But for the last month, he’s been sporting the red, white and blue for the U.S. National 18-and-under team. The journey has taken him around the world, and now he has a gold medal to show for it.
The U.S. won the World Cup on Sunday by beating Japan 2-1 in the championship game.
The rising senior didn’t pitch in that win, but throughout the tournament, he threw six and a half innings, striking out eight batters, earning a save, and allowing just one earned run.
“It was a phenomenal experience; one that I hope to get again, but you never know,” he said. “So you really had to take it all in. I think I did that. Obviously, winning gold was great for our country, and at the end of the day, it was about representing the USA cause it means so much more than just myself.”
Anderson said that really hit home when he was on the podium listening to the national anthem with his teammates. He said it was his favorite part of the entire trip.