To say Nathanial Silva is the anchor of the Backyard Baseball Academy 9U team is an understatement. Silva has become the heart and soul of the team. This past weekend his work ethic and passion to compete was infectious. Silva found himself catching a good majority of the tournament. In the blistering heat Silva refused to come out of the game and wanted to make sure he caught the last out of the championship game. Silva was brilliant behind the plate blocking and throwing runners out. Silva isn’t a one trick pony though which he proved in the championship game as he delivered multiple base hits. Silva did catch the final out which saw Backyard run rule the very tough team MVP in 13_5 in the championship.