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Brooks-DeBartolo 1B/OF/P Brenden Rivera has committed to High Point (N.C.) University, a Division I program, his father, Mickey, said Tuesday.
Rivera, a Mr. Baseball nominee, led Hillsborough County in regular-season RBIs and finished with a .438 batting average, 30 RBIs, 13 runs scored, seven doubles, one triple and one home run. He also pitched 29.2 innings for the Phoenix (12-13), finishing 4-1 with a 3.30 ERA and 23 strikeouts.
Rivera has also been selected to participate in USA Baseball's Breakthrough Series, which will be held in Cary and Durham, N.C., July 22-26. The series aims to showcase high school players from urban areas throughout the United States who have not previously participated in other travel and high-end tournaments, providing them with an opportunity for exposure.