During my Freshman year of high school, I was blessed to be a part of a high school baseball team that won the Conference and District Tournament Championships which was a very exciting moment in my life as an athlete. However, I never became satisfied with the success we had. This victory only fueled my desire to become a better athlete with hopes of one day being in that position again with my team.
The following year COVID-19 canceled baseball mid season. I was frustrated and upset. However, I realized that it was out of my control and all I could do was improve my game. Having the game taken away from me, even for a brief period of time, grew my dedication to and love for the game. It taught me to not take anything for granted. It reminded me to give full effort every rep, every practice, and every game because it might be the last. Although COVID-19 changed what I had in mind for my sophomore year, it ultimately made me a better athlete.
One thing that baseball has taught me is to sacrifice. I learned to not only sacrifice myself for my team but to also sacrifice my time to improve my game. Being a pitcher is no easy task and requires a lot of time. Although spending time with my friends is fun, I also find joy in an empty turf room working on my game. The sacrifices I make to improve my game will ultimately benefit my team and that is what matters most to me.
My main goal is to continue my education at a quality academic institution to earn a degree in Sports Medicine or Kinesiology. I would like to continue to work with athletes to keep them healthy and in the case of injuries, get them back playing their sport of choice as quickly as possible. Although playing baseball is important to me, I know baseball is not the end game and an education is just as important. In addition to getting an education, I am also looking to be a part of a competitive baseball program to attain my goal of playing college baseball. It is something I have wanted to do since I was young, and I would love nothing more than four more years of baseball.