My interest in baseball started at the age of 4. The passion for baseball grew more and more over the years. Pitching and being on the mound felt natural for me. When not on the mound, playing 1st base was my position. I wanted to play all the time and was not picky about where I played. I wanted to learn all the positions and everything there was to learn about baseball. Baseball quickly became part of our family’s life, every week having 2 to 3 practices and games on the weekend.
I have always played up in my youth baseball since my date of birth 4/30 falls on the league’s cutoff date. While at first this posed its challenges, playing with older kids all the time was very beneficial. It allowed me to gain skills which allowed me to grow and mature faster as a player. It enabled me to overcome challenges that are naturally competitive to the game mentally and athletically, which has matured me to be a smart baseball player. I have learned how to play the game physically and strategically. I have worked with several coaches and am grateful to have been taught by coaches that have an amazing wealth of knowledge in a lot of areas of baseball. If it was not for them, I would not be the skillful player I am at today at the age of 17. I possess an excellent work ethic, respect for the game, and I am a team player. I thrive in the game of baseball. Baseball is a mental game which has a lot of ups and downs. I take care of myself on and off the field. I am well conditioned for this sport and understand the discipline it takes to be a competitive athlete.
Through my experience playing I have told myself “Do your best & let God handle the rest!” which has always set me mentally straight in times when most players let it get in there head. Another personal favorite of mine is “Go confidently in the directions of your dreams!” – Henry David Thoreau. My goal is play baseball at the college level and take my athleticism to the next level. I am confident it will happen and anxious to know where. I am looking forward to the fast pace and increased skill that college baseball has to offer. I have prepared for it my whole life. I am that player that really wants it and all my coaches can validate I am always working hard for it! Baseball is my life!