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Southridge baseball's Jashaun Simon makes music at the ballpark, but it's what he creates outside the lines that sets him apart.

When Simon hit his first home run of the season last month on SWX, play-by-play announcer Brian Levitan dubbed him "The Piano Man."

It's a name that fits the senior center fielder.

Simon needed to take an art class for graduating.

"I didn't want to take ceramics," he joked.

So, he opted for piano.  He had never played before.

"I didn't know which keys were which," said Simon. "Within the first week eight kids dropped out."

Simon didn't let the one-thousand page binder of sheet music and music theory deter him.  After a few weeks, he had found a new passion.

"Every time I go to a house with a piano I have to sit down and play it," he said.  "I'm in love with the piano."

His Twitter page is full of videos of him playing a variety of songs from Tchaikovsky to Beethoven.  Some of the videos have over one-hundred "favorites." 

"He'll come by the house and stroke the ivories every now and then," said Tim Sanders, Southridge baseball's head coach.  "I was impressed.  He's actually pretty good."

Simon will play baseball next year at Yakima Valley Community College.  He hopes he can continue to play piano, too.

"As long as there's a piano around, I'm going to play it."

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