Over the course of my entire life, I have had a passion and love for the game of baseball. It started in the backyard with my father and carried through to Little League. We won the championship both years that I played. Then in middle school, as captain of the team, we won the championship as eighth graders. On a travel team we went Cooperstown Dream's Park in NY State. Competition was tough but it was thrilling. My team did well.
My family and I then had to move from NJ to Massachusetts because of my dad’s work. It was hard to move away from my teammates and the friends I played ball with my entire life. However, it did teach me how to handle adversity.
Also, baseball allowed me to make friends and find my way in a new town and a high school where I knew no one.
I have played two seasons of high school baseball in Massachusetts. As a freshman, I was the starting catcher and batted 3rd for the JV team and I had the honor of being on the varsity flex team for Dover-Sherborn where I was given the Coach's Award for my commitment to the program and dedication to bettering myself and my fellow teammates.
During my sophomore season, I was the starting catcher and batted 4th or 5th for the varsity team where I was given honorable mentions by the opposing coaches for the Tri-Valley Allstar team. I was awarded multiple superlatives by my teammates. Such as: the unsung hero, strongest arm, Mr. Hustle and most likely to have a great season next year. This meant a lot to me as my teammates voted for these .
I don't like to talk about my achievements that often because I would rather let my actions speak for themselves. That is the philosophy I bring into all of my baseball games, workouts, and practices, where I give 110% effort at all times. This is driven by my desire to prove to the people around me what I am capable of instead of telling them.
I try to take a professional approach to everything that I do, whether it's being the first one at practice or continuing to give max effort in games even if we are up by eight or down by eight - I always bring the same level of effort to every situation. This idea of giving my all every single play is why I will never voluntarily take myself out of a game due to an injury. If I can play I will always try to play.
It is my desire and dream to play baseball at the collegiate level. I am a 5’10’’ 170 rising junior with very good speed, a strong arm, consistent bat and have been given the responsibility to call all of our games from behind the dish in my high school games as a sophomore and on my 17 AAU team where I am the starting catcher and bat 2nd as a 16year old.
On a side note, I swim the 50 yard freestyle for the highschool swim team. I was honorable mention for the Tri-Valley All Star team as a Freshman and my relay team made States this year.
Academically, I would love to go to a school that would allow me to study pre -law, history or English. I tend to excel in the subjects that I am passionate about like AP History.
This is an important year for my studies. I will be taking the ACT and SAT prep classes this summer. I scored a 1080 on my PSAT. I know this has to be higher and it is my summer goal to be prepared to score higher when I sit for the actual tests in the upcoming school year.
If I were given the opportunity to play baseball at the collegiate level, my priorities would be to play for a team that I could make an impact on and that would allow me to improve as a catcher and a student. It would be wonderful to find a school that allows me to grow as a person through the structure of academics and the comradery of teammates preparing me for life after college.